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Residents Return Home After Reed Butte Fire

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STEVENSVILLE -

As many celebrated Independence Day on Thursday, dozens in Ravalli County worried for their homes as a grass fire quickly spread.

Ravalli County Sheriff officials said five homes were evacuated after flames came within 15 feet of some structures Thursday afternoon.

Jamie and Corina Lowe watched on, hoping they wouldn't have to evacuate their homes as a grass fire quickly spread through the Reed Butte area northeast of Stevensville.

"We were having family barbeque, and didn't think anything of it and then all of a sudden, we see the smoke get bigger and bigger," Corina said.

The fire started Thursday afternoon as a controlled burn, but soon grew out of hand.

"When I saw it started getting out of hand, I was hoping they'd get it under control, but then it spread closer," Jamie said.

Open burning is still allowed in the county. Sheriff's officials said crews almost had the fire under control, when the wind picked up and it began to spread, putting five homes in danger.

"It started out as a little fire, and then as more cars were sent up, we got more concerned, and then as the helicopter flew over, I was like whoa, it's a lot more serious then I thought it was," Jaime said.

Seven teams and a helicopter were sent in to get the blaze under control

"We've been praying for everyone all day, for their homes and their pets, and hopefully those people can get to their houses and just be safe," Corina said.

Fire officials confirm the fire is now 100 percent contained and all evacuated residents have returned to their homes. They say the fire burned about 150 total acres.

Officials said some firefighters did suffer from heat stroke and dehydration, but are expected to make full recoveries.

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