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Smoke and Air Quality

­Controlled Burn in Simcoe County

Simcoe County is conducting a two-day controlled burn on County Forests within the Museum Tract in Midhurst adjacent to the Simcoe County Museum. This process is to help renew and maintain the ecosystem of the forest.

While controlled burns differ from wild fires in that they are often managed to control smoke exposures to the public and are of much shorter overall durations than forest fires, questions can arise regarding smoke exposure and health. If you have concerns, here are some simple steps you can take to minimize your exposure to smoke:

  • If you live close to the controlled burn site and have chronic health conditions such as asthma and chronic lung disease, you may wish to minimize your exposure by staying indoors during the burn. If you have health concerns, follow up with your health care provider
  • If you have concerns regarding exposure to smoke while outdoors, consider reducing your outdoor physical activities near the affected area,
  • To help reduce smoke in your homes and businesses, keep windows and doors closed.


For more information about the controlled burn, please see the county website.

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