May 24, 2012, Kirkland Lake, Ont. – Kirkland Lake's mayor says a forest fire near the northeastern Ontario town appears to be almost out, but dangerous hot spots remain.
Mayor Bill Enouy says fires can flare up at any moment, and a fly-over with infra-red cameras this morning shows many hot spots.
He says firefighters are in place and while winds are high, they are from the southwest which doesn't pose an immediate threat to the town of about 9,000.
He says the area of the forest fire has stayed at around 2,800 hectares.
The fire remains about three kilometres outside the community and residents have been told to prepare for evacuation if the blaze comes within one kilometre.
About 300 Kirkland Lake residents who live on lakes outside the urban area have already been evacuated.