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Update: Maley Conservation bush fire located a kilometer from roadway

Response is being managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Updated: Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.

The forest fire found in Maley Conservation Area Sunday, has been confirmed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) to be of no threat to public safety. 

Sudbury 40 is located one kilometre north of Maley Drive and is currently being held at 0.6 of a hectare. 

Based on information provided by Isabelle Chenard, fire information officer with MNRF, this means the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined control boundaries under forecasted conditions. 

One fire ranger crew has been assigned to the site.

The fire hazard currently ranges from moderate to extreme across the Northeast region. This is likely to improve over the next few days said Chenard, based on reports of unsettled weather including some precipitation, moving into the region by Tuesday morning. 

Investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing. 

"Fall is around the corner and Ontarians may be starting to think about performing some yard cleanup," said Chenard

"If Ontarians are pruning or cleaning up their garden over the coming weeks we want them to remember that composting or using their weekly residential collection of organics and yard waste are great options to dispose of yard debris."

Outdoor fires must follow outdoor burning rules set out in the Forest Fire Prevention Act of Ontario during the forest fire season, which runs from April 1 to Oct. 31 every year. Guidelines can be found here

Residents are reminded to check their local bylaws to ensure there are no fire restrictions in effect prior to burning. 

Original story:

A bush fire was located behind the property of Timberwolf Golf Club around 4 p.m. Sunday.

City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services responded to reports of smoke near the end of Barrydowne Road around 4:20 p.m. that afternoon, and found the source to be a considerable distance from the forest’s edge. 

Mark Gobbo with Sudbury Fire, said that as a result, the incident will now be managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRF).

Gobbo could not provide an estimate as to the size of the fire or how it was started, but did share that due to its distance from the road, there is no concern for public safety at this time.

The fire is believed to be separated from Timberwolf Golf Course by a strip of swampland, which has protected the property for the time being.

According to Craig Fanning, manager of Timberwolf’s pro shop, the course has never been closed due to smoke or fire, only minor flooding from the swampland mentioned.

The course is surrounding by a dense bush protected and managed by Conservation Sudbury.

Fanning said the course and its facilities will remain open until instructed otherwise by MNRF

This story will be updated once more information becomes available. 


Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

A graduate of both Laurentian University and Cambrian College, Keira Ferguson is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter, funded by the Government of Canada, at
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