While there is still plenty of snow on the ground and temperatures continue to dip below freezing, Tuesday none-the-less marks the start of the annual forest fire season in Northwestern Ontario and MNR officials say they are ready.
While the fire situation is quiet right now, two or three days of drying after the snow melts could clear the way for a fire to break out.
Fire officials say they are using the next few weeks to ensure all their personnel have their training up to standard. Aerial support units will also be ready to go by mid-April but could be pressed into service earlier if needed. On the whole the MNR says the Northwest received a good amount of snow over the winter which is helping to moderate conditions but a dry spring could change the situation quickly.