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Hamilton fire

HAMILTON – Nearly 50 firefighters worked Thursday to mop up a 10-acre blaze in the Sapphire Mountains east of Hamilton.

The lightning-caused St. Clair fire was declared contained before noon Thursday.

The fire continued to smolder in scattered timber as firefighters worked to put out hot spots and catch rolling debris on the 90-degree slope.

The fire was one of two started on private lands by a fast-moving lightning storm Tuesday.

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The 31-acre Mountain House fire just west of the St. Clair was deemed controlled Thursday.

A single engine crew spent the day monitoring that site for any new smoke.

So far, firefighters have responded and extinguished 24 wildfires this summer on the Bitterroot National Forest. Due to quick response, all of the fires on the national forest have been kept under two acres in size.

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