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Out-of-control Ontario wildfires require extra help

July 24, 2018 - Ontario is receiving help from the U.S., Mexico and other provinces to help battle fires in the northern parts of the province.


July 24, 2018
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff

More than 28 fires are reported to be currently out of control out of the 76 total that are burning through the province.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said 35 fires are either being held or being observed in a release issued on Sunday.

The ministry says many fires have been started by lightning strikes since Canada Day, and 181,000 hectares have been consumed by fire in Ontario so far this year.

Crews and equipment arrived on Sunday from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and Newfoundland. U.S. crews arrived from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and 104 people arrived in Sudbury on Saturday from Mexico.

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Additional help was expected to arrive on Monday.