Ontario Ready For Forest Fire Season 2013
Ontario Government Committed To Public Safety
Forest fire season in Ontario has officially begun and Ontario FireRangers are ready.
On average, more than 1,100 wildfires burn each year across the province, with about half of them caused by people.
From April through October, people using outdoor fires must follow strict guidelines under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario to ensure their fires are properly managed.
Anyone who starts a fire outdoors must take all necessary steps to tend the fire, keep it under control, and make sure the fire is out before leaving the site. A person failing to burn safely could be fined and held responsible for the cost of putting out the fire.
- The forest firefighting program has $25 million of fire suppression equipment, 14 water bombers, 13 helicopters and 12 fire detection aircraft.
- In addition to fighting 1,600 fires in Ontario in 2012, Ontario personnel supported Minnesota, British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories fight fires in their jurisdictions.
- People living in municipalities should check with local fire officials for bylaws on outdoor fires.
“Ontario’s FireRangers are highly trained professionals, dedicated to protecting people, property and important forest resources. With the start of the 2013 fire season, MNR reminds everyone to follow ministry and municipal guidelines and take the necessary precautions to properly manage outdoor fires, especially in forested areas.”