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A chicken forages near a home

A chicken forages near a home in Pine Creek after the Pine Creek fire burned most of the property and outbuildings but spared the house Friday.

The 8,000-acre Pine Creek fire burning in Paradise Valley south of Livingston is 45 percent contained, but fire officials warn that dry fuels in the area could still make firefighting efforts tough.

Officials said the fire is human-caused, although further details weren’t available and it remains under investigation. While a dry and breezy Labor Day led to more fire activity, especially in the Pine Creek area, its size remained roughly the same. Crews spent Monday building fire lines south from the Pine Creek Campground, as well as mopping up there and in the Luccock Park area.

On Tuesday, crews continued efforts to douse the fire in Deep Creek. The fire has not moved past the North Fork of that area, a fire management team news release said.

“There really wasn’t a whole lot of activity today,” Karen Tuscano, a public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service, said Tuesday night.

She said crews mainly were working on previously established fire lines, making sure that were “really, really secure.”

Helicopter crews will also keep an eye on the Davis Creek area for hot spots and new starts while firefighters on the ground keep up with reinforcing lines on the fire’s western edge.

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Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, residents on Deep Creek and Lower Deep Creek Bench roads were allowed back to their homes while all other evacuation orders remained in effect.

Lower Luccock, Barney Creek and Pine Creek roads were all changed to pre-evacuation notice on Monday. Residents must check in with the Park County Sheriff’s Office at the Pine Creek Fire Station before heading home through a roadblock.

More than 430 people are assigned to the fire with 21 engines, seven water tenders, three dozers and four helicopters.

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