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Fire residents to return to Zama City

Hazy, smoky sky north of Edmonton
Hazy, smoky sky north of Edmonton

The Canadian Press

July 19, 2012 — Firefighters hold Alberta forest fire, residents prepare to return home.

Fire burning near La Crete, Alberta earlier this summer
Fire burning near La Crete, Alberta earlier this summer

Rain and cooler weather in northern Alberta has helped firefighters control a blaze threatening Zama City. 

About 160 residents forced to leave the hamlet last week are to be allowed to return home Friday. 

The fire remains about 12 kilometres from the community, but officials say it no longer poses a threat. 

Wildfire information officer Whitney Exton says the fire was reclassified late Wednesday from being out of control to being held. She says more than 300 firefighters have worked hard battling the blaze that has consumed about almost 1,300 square kilometres of timber and bush. 

Lightning sparked the fire in late June and it spread due to hot, dry weather and strong winds.

The Canadian Press

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