Ontario sees slow forest fire season a year after record-setting fires

A bulldozer clears debris as crews battle a forest fire near Pikangikum First Nation, Ont. in this undated handout photo. (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry ) A bulldozer clears debris as crews battle a forest fire near Pikangikum First Nation, Ont. in this undated handout photo. (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry )

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