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Gogama forest fire smaller, still not under control

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The forest fire that’s been burning near Gogama for more than a week has been re-mapped, and is now 4,645 hectares in size.

MNRF forest fire information officer Isabelle Chenard says it’s the only active fire in Northeastern Ontario and is still not considered under control.

“Infra-red scanning continues to identify heat sources for ground crews to action and we are building some helipads in order to access remote areas of the fire,” she reports.

“The west side of the Northeast Region is beginning to dry out and the fire hazard’s going to be moderate to high for a couple of districts, including Wawa and Cochrane district.  The rest of the Northeast Region will have a low to moderate hazard.”

Chenard notes that only minimal precipitation is forecasted for the next few days.

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