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Paradise Valley Fire Blamed On Lightning

Emigrant Peak Fire

Forest officials say it was lightning that started the fire on Emigrant Peak north of Yellowstone National Park which now involves an estimated 30 acres of mostly dead and down timber.  While the fire was reported about 11:00 am Sunday, thunderstorms that rolled through the area Wednesday are blamed for the lightning that sparked the blaze.  A 20-person hotshot crew, two helicopters and a number of overhead personnel have been ordered today to augment the four firefighters and 16 smokejumpers already on the scene.  A helicopter from Yellowstone National Park was also making bucket drops on the fire through the afternoon Sunday.  Officials still do not foresee any immediate concerns for private land.  The Forest has closed the road up Sixmile Creek and several nearby trails in the interest of safety.  As yet, there has been no containment of the fire established.

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