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Video: Our on-the-ground look at the Gogama forest fire

Heavy smoke led to road closures and the partial evacuation of a nearby First Nation

On Saturday, June 8, the Hamlet of Gogama was issued a notice of voluntary evacuation in response to Timmins 2, a forest fire burning four kilometres west of the northern town. 

Two of our reporters headed out to Gogama on Monday (in the middle of a rainstorm) to capture some footage and speak to officials on the front lines.

The latest reports put the fire at 5,622 hectares or 56.22 square kilometres. That's roughly the size of 5,622 football fields. 

The smoke from Timmins 2 resulted in two road closures of Hwy 144 over the weekend, and the partial evacuation of nearby Mattagami First Nations. 

While heavy rainfall on Monday assisted in fire fighting efforts, Timmins 2 remains classified as "out of control" and appears to be heading North. 

For up to date forest fire hazard conditions in your area, see the interactive fire map at

Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Keira Ferguson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

A graduate of both Laurentian University and Cambrian College, Keira Ferguson is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter, funded by the Government of Canada, at
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