Peter Large, on behalf of APAI, wrote a letter to the Ontario Fire Marshall going over the events of November 3. The circumstances surrounding that fire were fairly conducive to bringing it under control with little damage (immediately noticed and reported, small initial start, light winds, leftover moisture from Sandy). But still it took 19 hours and involved several departments from the mainland, and ended up burning 200 acres.
What bothers Peter, and many of us, is that Algonquin surrounds our homes with an industrial complex and then has no requirements to supply any fire protection at all, instead relying on a volunteer department that has one pumper and one tanker. What other industry is allowed, even encouraged, to put the neighbors at this level of risk?