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Fish Fire mostly contained one week later

Path near fire control lines of the Fish Fire in Wyoming.
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Path near fire control lines of the Fish Fire in Wyoming.

The Fish Fire south of Sundance, Wyoming, was 96 percent contained as of Monday morning. The Wyoming State Type 3 Incident Management Team also took control of containing the blaze, which burned part of the Wyoming portion of the Black Hills National Forest.

Rain on Saturday helped slow the fire, and low rates of spread are expected over the next few days, according to a press release from the Wyoming management team.

Firefighters will continue to work on completing and improving the fire control lines, suppressing remaining hot spots and repairing any areas damaged through fire suppression efforts.

The fire has burned 6,793 acres since it began July 31. The fire is considered human-caused but the exact cause is still under investigation.

Firefighters will search for and put out any remaining heat along the control lines using hand tools and water. The crews will focus on the southeastern, western and northern sides of the fire.

The repair division will mitigate the impacts of firefighting crews over the last week. This includes removing equipment placed by fire crews, preventing any soil erosion and reintroducing vegetation to fire lines to encourage regrowth.

An area closure is still in effect for sections of the Black Hills National Forest impacted by the fire.

Jordan is a senior English and journalism major at SDSU in Brookings. She is from De Smet, South Dakota. She is based out of the Sioux Falls studio.
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