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Less Firefighters at the Rumsey Gulch Fire near Philipsburg

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Ashes remain at the Rumsey Gulch Fire, but many homes were saved. (USFS Photo)
More personnel are leaving the firelines as the fight against the Rumsey Gulch Forest Fire near Philipsburg winds down.

The number of people on the firelines dropped below 80 Thursday and the final news release on the fire will be issued Friday, March 17.

Officials said rain fell on the fire Thursday and more precipitation is expected over the weekend. The containment was 90 percent Thursday evening and continued cool and wet conditions are helping the efforts.

The forest fire started Monday afternoon and was driven by strong winds of a spring storm that passed through the area that evening. The fire burned 350 acres, 5 homes and 3 outbuildings.

However, firefighters saved many other homes and an evacuation order Monday was lifted Tuesday.

Residents are asked to use caution when driving, due to continuing fire traffic and unsafe burned trees in the area.

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