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Mill Flat Fire 85 percent contained



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NEW HARMONY -- Saturday's cooler weather helped fire crews gain ground on the massive Mill Flat Fire in Washington County. As of Saturday night, it was 85 percent contained.

The fire has scorched about 12,600 acres in and around New Harmony.

Officials put the area under a flash flood warning Saturday morning as rain clouds moved in on the area. The warning has since been lifted but sandbags are still available for residents, if needed.

Rain-soaked, slick roads made it tough to get extra crews to the fire line Saturday.

The Mill Flat Fire has charred the most land out of the nine fires now burning around the state. The next largest blaze is the Sawmill Canyon Fire south of Scipio. It's burned nearly 6,900 acres.

All nine fires have scorched more than 30,000 acres, or roughly 47 square miles.


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