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Controlled Burn

​Hogback Tract (Clearview Township)

The County of Simcoe will be executing a controlled burn on 8.5 hectares (21 acres) of County Forest land within the Hogback Tract in Clearview Township (between the communities of Brentwood and New Lowell). The controlled burn will occur as early as conditions allow this spring; however, the exact date cannot be determined at this time as it will be dictated by site and weather conditions.

The County of Simcoe cleared over-mature scotch pine trees on this site in 2016 due to advancing decline and mortality of these trees. This process has resulted in a large amount of remaining debris on the site as well as poor conditions for natural regeneration. A controlled burn has been determined to be the best option to reduce the fire hazard in a controlled manner and prepare the area for re-planting. 

A highly experienced company has been retained to plan and conduct the burn. Trained and experienced personnel will be on site until it is completely extinguished, and smoke issues will be minimized by burning under specific wind and atmospheric conditions. The County does not anticipate any road closures or any major impact or disruption to local residents.

The Simcoe County Forests Management Plan guides our policies through 2030. The Plan outlines that fire has historically played a primary role by influencing composition, structure and patterns of our forests and will be used as a strategy moving forward. Controlled burns have been conducted previously within the County Forests, the two most recent burns occurred in 2014 within the Brentwood Tract in Clearview Township and in 1995 within the Cedar Point Tract in Tiny Township.

Once the date of the controlled burn has been confirmed, every effort will be made to keep the public informed through a variety of communications:

  • County website
  • Twitter: @simcoecounty and @simcoecountyCS
  • Facebook: @CountyofSimcoe
  • Details will also be published through local radio stations and newspapers (should timelines permit)

For further information please see the FAQ section.

For immediate assistance (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri), please contact Customer Service at 705-735-6901.