There is a new player in the fight against forest fires in northwestern Ontario.
Darren McLarty is the Northwest Region Fire Response Coordinator for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and he says the reality now is dealing with climate change.
McLarty notes its become a complex issue and the best approach is ensuring firefighters are prepared for anything.
He says the changes will be subtle but progressive, so they need to be able to build an organization that will be able to adapt and respond.
However he also notes there are a lot of unknowns including the severity of fires, the number of blazes and how they handle budgeting.