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El Niño sparks Misor wildfire

A group of trekkers scamper for safety as a grassfire spreads towards them in Gitagum, Misamis Oriental on Saturday night. (screengrabbed with permission from the video blog of video blogger Kyle Jennermann)

A GROUP of trekkers, including popular video blogger Kyle Jennermann and another Canadian, scampered for safety as a wildfire blamed on the dry spell quickly spread to where they camped out on Mt. Anggas along the boundaries of Gitagum, Alubijid, Libertad and Initao towns in Misamis Oriental, on Saturday night.

Gitagum Mayor Emmanuel Mugot said the fire spread to Barangay Pelaez in his town at around noon time Saturday, and it stopped burning on Sunday.

Mugot blamed the fire on the dry season, aggravated by the El Niño phenomenon.“It stopped spreading when there was no more grass to burn,” he said.

Read full details tomorrow.

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