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Jul 5, 2012 3:51 PM by Q2 News

Dry Creek Fire north of Laurel 75% contained

LAUREL - The Dry Creek Fire is 75% contained Thursday. Fire officials predict full containment for the Dry Creek Fire by Friday.

Two homes and three outbuildings have been lost in the fire, which was reported Tuesday afternoon outside of Laurel.

The Laurel Fire Department reports good progress on fighting the fire, now estimated at 1,158 acres.

According to the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, the fire started when a homeowner was using a metal grinder in violation of the burn ban. The sparks from the grinder ignited his garage, which quickly spread to grass and timber, fueled by triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds. The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for those conditions earlier in the day.

Fire departments from neighboring counties, engines from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and others quickly descended on the blaze, effectively combating the flames despite the challenging weather. Crews worked through the night, constructing fire lines and mopping up hot spots, with particular attention around residential structures.

The DNRC tells us today's plans call for continued line construction, with engines and personnel on the ground aided by helicopters dropping buckets of water and, if needed.

Today's weather forecast will be favorable; temperatures in the 80s and light winds are expected over the fire area.

Roughly 20 people are working on Dry Creek Fire, and The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office reminds people not to violate the ban.

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