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Miller Creek Fire Evacuees Return Home

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About 60 Upper Miller Creek residents returned to their homes Monday afternoon, after the quick-burning Miller Creek fire blew up Sunday night.

Fire officials said the fire is burning at 116 acres -- down from 200 -- on the east side of the Bitterroot River and was likely ignited by lighting.

Officials issued evacuations to residents in the Oral Zumwalt Way and Upper Trails End Road areas in case the fire burned north through dry grass.

Lolo residents anxiously watched the fire blow up last night, after the community recently recovered from the nearly 11,000-acre Lolo Creek Complex fire this summer.

Lolo resident Dale Richmond said, "I was afraid it was going to jump the creek, so then, I got up at 4, and looked outside and the rains had it, and it pretty much settled everything right down."

"Things are looking pretty good, they've been working on it all morning, they've got multiple helicopters in the area and that's making quick work of what's left of the heat, that's mostly in the timber, the fire where it burned in the grass is looking real good," added Cindy Super of the Montana DNRC.

The Missoula Rural Fire Department and Montana DNRC are working on the blaze with help from helicopters and two hot shot crews.

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