Wildland fire season officially ends
Tim Brody - Editor
October 31 officially brought to an end what is being described as an “historic” wildland fire season.
More than 1,000 wildland fires broke out in central and northern Ontario, making 2018, “one of the busiest fire seasons in the province's history,” a news release issued by the Government of Ontario explained. “To meet this challenge, the government has so far provided an additional $100 million in funding to successfully combat these blazes and keep Ontarians safe,” the news release added.
“We recognized the real threat these fires posed to the public, and to the communities and private property in the affected areas, and we took action to respond immediately,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Yurek said he is grateful for the provinces and territories, Parks Canada, the United States and Mexico who joined the fight against Ontario's fires.
“This was a challenging season, but I am proud to report, all active fires are officially out thanks to the hard work of our brave frontline crews. Their dedication, courage and perseverance kept affected communities safe, and the Government for the People's continued commitment and support gave firefighters on the ground and in the air what they needed to get the job done safely and successfully,” Yurek concluded.