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Crews getting upper hand on fires

Crews getting upper hand on fires



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NEW HARMONY -- Cool, calm weather is helping firefighters make progress on the Mill Flat Fire.

The fire is now officially 33 percent contained, but some estimates have it as high as 47 percent contained.

Firefighters say more than 500 homes remained threatened and for residents in New Harmony, an one-hour alert for emergency evacuation remains in effect.

So far the Mill Flat has burned more than 12,000 acres.

And firefighters report the West Scofield Fire is now 100 percent contained. The fire started Sunday and burned 251 acres. All closures have been lifted and residents can now return to their homes.

Currently, there are 11 fires actively burning throughout the state, the Mill Flat Fire being the biggest. Fire officials say the others are smaller and many of them are prescribed burns, being managed by the Forest Service.

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