Small fire burning in Algonquin Park

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The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests is reporting a small fire in Algonquin Park, about 30 km from Chalk River as the crow flies.

Fire “APK012” is described as 0.2 ha in size and currently “Not Under Control.”

The fire began Monday afternoon approximately 1:45 pm at the north end of Grand Lake.

No further details are currently available.

While the cause of the fire is unknown, MNRF warns that 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.

“People living in municipalities should check with local fire officials for bylaws on outdoor fires.”

So far this summer there have been 448 reported forest fires in Ontario, compared to last year’s total of 1,138 and the 10-year average of 726.