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BLM Contains Fire West Of Blackfoot

The Bureau of Land Management has contained a wildfire that started on Tuesday afternoon.

BLM spokeswoman Sarah Wheeler said it started around 3 p.m. four miles south of Taber. It was contained at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, but not before it had burned 910 acres.

About 70 people were battling the blaze from the ground and air. Wheeler said they don’t know how it started yet. Part of the fire was in the Lava Beds which made it difficult for crews to fight because the rugged terrain shreds hoses.

“Conducting fire operations in lava flows are difficult due to the rugged terrain,” said Brian O’Donnell, Incident Commander of the Taber fire. “However, our fire crews are doing a great job aggressively fighting this fire while ensuring safety isn’t impaired.”

There have been no injuries and nothing was being threatened, Wheeler said.

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