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National Forest land fire near Beaver expands to 3,000 acres

Published: Thursday, Aug. 12 2010 8:14 p.m. MDT

BEAVER — A lightning strike-caused fire near Manderfield Reservoir surged from about 1,100 acres Wednesday to an expanded 3,000 acres by the next day, officials said.

The active fire started on July 20 and has continued to burn through ponderosa pine, spruce and other brush fuel. National Forest Service officials said the fire increased another 2,000 acres with the help of heavy winds and hot, dry weather.

Crews are monitoring the fire and plan to protect two areas of the fire near Fish Creek and Indian Creek on Friday.

Officials said that with no homes or critical wildlife nearby, they can allow the fire to continue burning and take out some of the old vegetation to allow new vegetation to grow.

"There's a lot of ponderosa pine in that area, which is adapted for fires that burn low on the ground," said National Forest Service information officer trainee Adam Solt. "It tends to not kill most of the trees."

Officials predict the fire will continue through the remainder of the summer.

No structures are threatened, but Indian Creek Road is closed above the Pole Canyon Road junction as a precaution.

— Lana Groves

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