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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Smoke Smell Blankets Area

Regional | by Manny Paiva  

Residents across the region smell smoke burning from Northern Ontario, Minnesota.

Residents across Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties are smelling smoke -- but it's not from a fire in our region.

The Ministry of Natural Resources website is reporting smoke from a very large forest fire in northeastern Minnesota has been coming across the Great Lakes into Central Ontario.

The strong smoke odour kept fire officials across the region busy with phone calls Tuesday.

Residents on the Bruce Peninsula, in the Owen Sound and Wasaga Beach area and as far away as Penetanguishene and Parry Sound can smell the smoke.

Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire Chief Mike Henderson tells Bayshore Broadcasting News it does happen from time to time -- that you can smell fires burning in other parts of the province.

He recommends residents keep their windows closed -- and the strong smoke odour may last up to 48 hours.

Henderson says they had fire detection aircraft flying Tuesday morning -- and they ruled out any fires burning locally.


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