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County of Simcoe Forestry to conduct controlled burn in the Hogback Tract in Clearview Township


Midhurst/March 14, 2017 – The County of Simcoe will be executing a controlled burn on 8.5 hectares (21 acres) of County Forests 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/late winter; however, the exact date cannot be determined at this time as it will be dictated by site and weather conditions.

Once the date of the controlled burn has been confirmed, every effort will be made to keep media, stakeholders and the public informed through a variety of communication channels.

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 on local residents.

County Council approved the Simcoe County Forests Management Plan in 2011 to guide 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.

Public questions and inquiries can be directed to our County Forestry Department by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. More information about the controlled burn can be found at

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Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Communications Co-ordinator
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)