Wildfires continue to burn Northern Ontario forests

By Elaine Della-Mattia
The Sault Star
August 24, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada East

Hearst 16 remains out of control. It is burning about 1.5 hectares of forest about three kilometres north of McKnight Lake, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry website states. There are still 34 active wildland fires across the region, with one not under control, four under control and 29 others under observations. The hazard ranges from low to high across the region. Meanwhile, the northwest region has 30 active fires, with two being held, eight under control and 20 others under observation. There was one new fine confirmed this week. Kenora 40 was confirmed Tuesday but called out Wednesday. It was located north of Big Sand Lake, the ministry confirmed. In Ontario to date this year there have been 666 fires confirmed, significantly up from 215 fires reported during the same time period last year. The 10-year average on record is 628 fires.

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