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Evacuation orders in Craig area to be lifted as crews fight Eagle Canyon Fire

The Eagle Canyon Fire has burned about 60 acres
Posted at 8:55 AM, Aug 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-04 10:55:28-04

CRAIG — The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office announced they will lift evacuation orders near Craig at 8 p.m. Saturday, as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in the area.

As of Saturday morning, the Eagle Canyon Fire had burned about 60 acres. The Montana DNRC reported the fire saw minimal growth overnight, and no structures have been burned.

The fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain in the Eagle Canyon and Stickney Creek areas, with homes throughout the area.

The DNRC said hand crews are building fire lines, and that air assets have also provided important assistance.

Authorities evacuated about 25 to 30 homes in the area on Friday, but Sheriff Leo Dutton said in a statement Saturday that he would lift those evacuations and remove all roadblocks at 8 p.m.

Dutton said the fire is still under investigation, but authorities know it was human-caused.