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#4- Forest fire in Timmins, Ontario


Staff writers
December 28, 2012 — The Weather Network counts down the 10 biggest weather stories of 2012. #4- Forest fire in Timmins, Ontario.


Timmins Fire 9 grew to become the province's largest forest fire of the season
Timmins Fire 9 grew to become the province's largest forest fire of the season

Be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV at 8 pm ET tonight to find out what landed in the #3 spot. 

A state of emergency, an evacuation and a raging forest fire just outside of town had the city of Timmins, Ontario on edge in late May.

The Ministry of Natural Resources called it Timmins Fire 9, which ultimately grew to become the province's largest forest fire of the season. 

It stretched 70 km from Gogoma to the outskirts of Timmins. It was also the biggest fire to sweep across northeastern Ontario since 1960. 

In all, more than 1,000 people were forced from their homes and campgrounds as gusty winds pushed the flames even closer. Some had to leave with only minutes to spare.

Among the evacuees were residents of Mattagami First Nation, who were relocated to Kapuskasing.

The fire was so aggressive, it jumped Highway 144. A different fire, did the same on Highway 101 after breaking out near South Porcupine. 

As people in Timmins waited nervously for updates, the smell of smoke, and the sight of thick brown plumes blotting out the sun were a reminder that fires were not far away. That caused plenty of anxiety. 

Firefighters closed roads in the area, which made getting around increasingly difficult. 

Flames burned nearly 40,000 hectares by the time the fire was contained on June 7th.

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