As expected, Northeastern Ontario experienced one of its lowest ever forest fire seasons. Figures from the Ministry of Natural Resources show the region had 173 fires which burned nearly 4,200 hectares. The amount of scorched land is only a fraction of what an average forest fire season generates. The wet soil kept fires to a minimum and those that did break out were normally less than two hectares. Of the 173 fires, 102 of those fires were caused by people and the remaining fires were the result of lightning strikes. The largest fire crews fought was about 30 hectares.