Fires break records, displace First Nations


Last updated 11/22/2021 at 10:36am

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Smoke from several forest fires near the Ontario-Manitoba border forced evacuations of four First Nations in Manitoba.

TORONTO, Ont.-In the summer of 2021, Ontario forest fires burned a record area of land. Nearly 800,000 hectacres of land burned in northwestern Ontario, which surpassed the record set 26 years ago. Besides the destroyed forestry, more than 3,000 people were evacuated, according to Ontario's Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES).

The 793,000 hectares of land that were burned cover a span larger than the Greater Toronto Area and surpassed the 1995 record by 80,000 hectares. All but 13,000 hectares of land burned in the 2021 season were in the northwest, the AFFES said in late Octo...

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