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2 forest fires in northern Ontario force 450 people from their homes

Two forest fires in northern Ontario have forced about 450 people from their homes as crews from the Ministry of Natural Resources work to battle the blazes.

The fires, near Kirkland Lake and Timmins, cover about 24,000 hectares (about 59,000 acres).

Waterbombers have been called in and according to local radio station CKJL FM, three helicopters are also in use.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the ministry reported there were 45 active fires in the province, 17 of which are listed as “not under control.”

According to the ministry, the top fires not under control are as follows:

  • Timmins 9 (21,088 hectares)
  • Wawa 4 (3,300 hectares)
  • Kirkland Lake 8 (2757 hectares)
  • Cochrane 10 (159 hectares)
  • Cochrane 9 (47 hectares)

Last year, there were 1,330 forest fires in Ontario, covering 632,533 hectares. So far this year, there have been 297 fires in the province.

Click here to see the current forest fire situation (Ministry of Natural Resources)