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Crews still working Avalanche Butte Fire

(HELENA)- Fire crews are still working to keep the Avalanche Butte fire near Helena from spreading onto private lands.

And so far, the efforts are working despite the winds and hot temperatures of the past couple of days, with the fire still at about 40-acres.

The fire, which is believed to have started from lightning, is burning in sub-alpine fire and whitebark pine at the head of Avalanche Gulch. The terrain is known for naturally-occurring fires, so eventually fire managers say the blaze will actually help improve terrain for wildlife and livestock grazing on the forest. They also say the location of the fire in the Big Belt Mountains will help break up the fuels in the area to help manage future wildfires under more extreme conditions. (U.S.F.S. photo)

But for now, firefighters are trying to suppress the fire to keep it from spreading onto private property, and keep the blaze burning in a designated area.

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