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Crews working to contain wildfire near Grass Range

Crews working to contain wildfire near Grass Range

A firefighter battles a wildfire burning near Grass Range.

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Crews are working to contain a wildfire burning on 1,100 acres about seven miles northeast of Grass Range.

By sunset Tuesday, the Blakeslee fire was about 70 percent contained, said Jonathan Moor, a public information officer with the Bureau of Land Management in a press release. 

The fire was reported mid-morning Tuesday, and it quickly grew from 10 acres to more 200 in about 45 minutes, he said. 

About 80 wildland firefighters responded to the fire with 18 engines, two helicopters, a reconnaissance airplane and a Billings-based air tanker.

Officials believe the blaze was was started by lightning and fanned by winds easily spreading through the parched heavy juniper, mixed pine, grass and sage brush of the Three Buttes area, Moor said. 

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