A 0.3-hectare blaze that began to burn near Timmins just off Hwy. 101 Tuesday afternoon is “being held.”
The forest fire began shortly before 3 p.m.
Shayne McCool, a fire information officer for Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), told The Daily Press that one crew was working on containing the blaze. The Timmins Fire Department was also previously assisting with the efforts, however, they have since been released.
The cause of the fire is not known at this time, although McCool said he has seen a high to extreme fire hazard in the area which has contributed to the spread of the fires. He added there has likewise been some lightening in the area in the last number of days.
“We’re watching those areas where the lightning struck to see if any new fires will arise from those.”
McCool noted that since the Timmins Fire Department was released from assisting with the efforts to contain the new blaze, “good progress” has been made and the ministry does not anticipate “any major concerns” with the fire.