Wildfires are capable of spreading at an astonishing rate. Forest fires can spread through the crowns of trees at up to 15 kilometres per hour.

In Ontario, wildfire is a natural phenomenon. Over the last several centuries, large areas of Ontario have been burned over repeatedly. Lightning is considered the only natural cause of wildfires. However, 90%of all wildfires that start within 3 km of our communities are attributed to human activity.
On average, over 1,200 wildfires are started in the province each year consuming over 200,000 hectares of forested land annually. Sometimes families have been evacuated from their communities and homes and cottageshave been destroyed.

If you live in or near a forested region, you’re living in an area often referred to as the "Wildland Urban Interface" and sooner or later, you may have to contend with the threat of a wildfire. The best protection against loss, damage or injury due to wildfire is prevention. But there are also things you can do to reduce the risk of loss or damage to your property in the event of a wildfire.

Learn how you can reduce the risk of forest and wildland fires. 

The Ontario FireSmart webpage has lots of pertinent information on how residents can reduce the risk of forest and wildland fires.