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Stoner Creek Fire Sparks Questions

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LAKESIDE -

Without lightening strikes in the area to blame, the cause of the fire near Stoner Creek in Lakeside is still under investigation.

The fire started Sunday evening, eventually requiring seventy-seven firefighters and three helicopters to contain the 100-acre blaze.

Today, the fire is mostly contained with a few hotspots along the hillside.

Although the flames caused no injuries, their proximity to housing increased the fire's priority amongst others in the state.

The Public Affairs Officer for the Forest Service, Wade Muehlhof, thanks the higher than expected humidity and slow wind speeds for aiding in the speedy containment of the fire.

"There are so many fires in the Northwest that we're really competing for resources, but some of our neighboring partners were able to free up some helicopters...so we had a total of three helicopters out here on Monday and they were able to really hammer the fire hard," said Muehlhof.

Firefighters continue to staunch the fire's path along the ground, but Muehlhof says he hopes to free up most of the firefighters before the end of the week to work elsewhere in Montana.

As of 4:30 p.m. on August 20, the fire is about fifty percent contained, according to Muehlhof.

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