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Copper City Fire Nearly Contained

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Fire fighters were working to put a wild fire out north of Three Forks Monday. The good news is fire fighters say the blaze is nearly contained.

Helena National Forest Service officials said fire crews have the Copper City fire north of Three Forks 60 to 70 percent contained Monday afternoon.

Bob Culberth is the incident commander with the Helena National Forest Service. He said the fire started around 5 p.m. Sunday.

"The fire started down in that area, in that gulch, there was a fire start and it moved up here in the hill," said Culberth.

More than a hundred people responded to the fire Sunday night from Broadwater, Jefferson And Gallatin Counties. Two helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation also dumped water on the fire.

Monday there were only about 30 people working on the fire.   

"What we are trying to do is to mop up the edge or contain the edge, at least the chain end will probably be contained and then we will put it in a monitor status probably in the next day or so," said Culberth.

Culberth said all that depends on one thing.

"Wind is our issue," said Culberth. "Wind is what drove this fire. You could tell which way the wind was blowing when this thing went."

The fire is mostly on Bureau of Land Management land, along with a few acres of private property. No evacuations were ordered because no structures were ever threatened.

Crews with the Broadwater Sheriff's Department and Helena national forest are currently investigating the cause of the fire.

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