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Federal Government Warns of High Possibility of Forest Fires in Toronto, York and Peel Regions
JUN 1, 2023  (4:32 PM)

Federal Government Warns of High Possibility of Forest Fires in Toronto, York and Peel Regions

Federal government officials have issued warnings about the heightened risk of fires in parts of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) as temperatures soar.

According to the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System, specific regions in Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Etobicoke, North York, and Scarborough are facing the most severe threat level. Surrounding communities in the GTHA and southwestern Ontario are also categorized as being at a "high" risk of fires.

These risk ratings indicate the susceptibility of vegetation to catching fire and the challenges associated with containing such blazes. The range of ratings spans from low to extreme. "Extreme" areas present a highly dangerous situation where fires can rapidly spread and are exceptionally difficult to control.

"High" risk areas can still experience moderate to vigorous surface fires with intermittent crown involvement, posing significant challenges for firefighters trying to bring them under control.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is responsible for coordinating responses to forest and wildland fires across most of the province. The MNRF map does not provide specific fire danger data for Toronto and its surrounding area, but regions near Owen Sound, Orillia, and Peterborough have all been classified as "extreme" risk zones.

As the summer progresses, warm air continues to move into the GTHA. Unfortunately, the Environment Canada seven-day forecast predicts no precipitation until Saturday when daytime temperatures are expected to return to the normal range of around 22C for this time of year.

Consequently, residents living in high-risk areas must exercise extreme caution in the coming days as even the smallest sparks could easily ignite fast-moving wildland fires that would be exceedingly challenging to contain.

Source: City News