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Officials label Burroughs Fire inactive, lift all closures in area

Sep 25, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The Burroughs Fire north of Dubois has been labeled inactive, and all closures in the area have been lifted.

"There's just nothing really happening to it now," U.S. Forest Service fire information officer Carl Jungck said Tuesday. "(We're) pretty sure it's not going to move anywhere."

The 1,794-acre blaze was listed as 24 percent contained last week, and only eight people still were assigned to the scene. Jungck said the current crew is simply monitoring the area.

"Because of the inaccessibility, we haven't sent firefighters in," Jungck said.

The blaze is burning in a thick, timbered stand of standing dead and down trees affected by dense beetle kill along Burroughs Creek and on Ranger Ridge in the Upper Horse Creek Basin. People in the area still may see smoke, but Jungck said any spots that still are burning are relatively small.

Precipitation

Precipitation expected this week would help douse the remaining flames, Jungck said. The National Weather Service predicts rain and snow will fall in Dubois beginning Wednesday and lasting through Friday evening.

"(That) will really slow down anything," Jungck said.

The colder weather also will prompt hunters and others using the forest to make their own fires, he continued, warning people to be safe while staying warm in the woods this fall.

"You get a false sense of how wet it is," he said. "(Be) careful."

According to the USFS, about nine out of 10 fires are caused by people. Forest users are asked not to leave any fires unattended and to ensure any fires are properly extinguished before moving away from the area.

The Burroughs Fire was discovered Aug. 30 but reportedly began Aug. 29 when lightning struck about 12 miles north of Dubois. Four residents and another 20 structures have been threatened by the flames, but officials said no property has been damaged as a result of the fire. One firefighter suffered a twisted knee.

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