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Wildfire is officially contained

With the help of wetter and colder weather, the County Road 11 fire in Barnum Township was declared 100-percent contained on Tuesday, eight days after smoke was observed in the area on Labor Day. On Wednesday, command of the fire was handed off to local firefighters to monitor hot spots, mostly in areas of shallow peat among the 82 acres of mostly swampland that burned.

The fire spread quickly after a hot and windy Labor Day weekend but was mostly contained a day after the fire was reported. It was being monitored from the air using infrared technology.

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