Crews battling wind-driven wildfire near Shoshone

Crews battling wind-driven wildfire near Shoshone

Credit: Ariel Rousseau / First Person

Crews battling wind-driven wildfire near Shoshone

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 21 at 9:02 PM

SHOSHONE -- Firefighters are working to get a handle on a wind-driven wildfire burning about 10 miles northeast of Shoshone.

The Bureau of Land Management says the Brown Butte Fire was first reported around 2:30 Sunday afternoon and is now estimated at about 7,000 acres. The fire is burning in grass and brush.  Winds played a role in the fire's fast growth throughout the day, a BLM spokesperson said.

The fire started off Highway 26, but cause has been determined.

Officials say crews used retardant and water drops to slow the fire growth. Several structures were in the area of the fire, but were not damaged and are no longer threatened.

The BLM expects the fire to be contained by 8 p.m. Monday and controlled by Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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