Wrap-up of the Ontario forest fire season for 2011
2011 was a busy fire season for Ontario.
Ontario experienced 1,330 fires affecting 632,533 hectares.
Much of the area burned in Ontario in 2011 was due to a handful of very large fires. In fact, 2011 saw the largest fire recorded in Ontario history—Sioux Lookout 70 at 141,000 hectares. Another fire, Sioux Lookout 35, reached 112,000 hectares to become the eighth-largest fire on record. These two fires alone accounted for approximately 40 per cent of the total area burned. This is the first time since 1980 that Ontario has had two individual fires of greater than 100,000 hectares in the same season.
As an exceptional fire season draws to a close, Ontario offers its sincere thanks to all the men and women who assisted in 2011. Successfully addressing the many challenging fires this season required teamwork, flexibility and tireless effort. All personnel, whether they were from Ontario, other Canadian provinces and territories, Parks Canada or the United States, demonstrated these qualities. The final fires of 2011 will soon smoulder out but the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Ontario and its friends and neighbours continue on.
Read more: Ontario’s 2011 Forest Fire Summary (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
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- Ontario Auditor General urges tighter oversight of reforestation
- Northeastern Ontario is now a Restricted Fire Zone
- Ontario releases 'State of Ontario Forests' document for 2004-2009
- Latest Kirkland Lake fire update (KL-8). Fire has not grown.
- Friday morning forest fire update from northeastern Ontario
- Photos from the Timmins 9 fire
- Timmins 9 fire through night vision goggles