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Wildfire near Stevensville fully contained

Published On: Jul 04 2013 05:09:46 PM MDT   Updated On: Jul 04 2013 09:42:18 PM MDT
Fire east of Stevensville near Reed Butte

Albert Leonard


Crews are now in the mop-up stage, after a fire tore through 150 acres, about 6 miles east of Stevensville in the Reed Butte area. Families that were evacuated were let back into their homes.

The fire started when a controlled burn got out of hand. An initial attack crew was called in around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Ravalli County Sheriff's deputies evacuated several homes after the blaze approached at least three structures.

A helicopter made water drops on the fire, and crews from several agencies came out to knock down the flames.