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Mill Creek Fire northeast of Hayden 65 percent contained

Firefighters are making progress toward totally containing a fire burning 13 miles northeast of Hayden.

The Mill Creek Fire started when a bulldozer caught fire July 1, and firefighters have been working to dig a containment line around the perimeter.

Containment was estimated at 65 percent Monday.

The fire has burned an estimated 484 acres.

A flyover Tuesday will give fire managers a more accurate idea of acreage and containment.

Smoke will still be visible in the area until the fire is fully contained and suppressed.

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Soon after the fire started, the state of Colorado took over fire management.
At its height, there were about 150 people at the fire.

With a good handle now on the incident, some firefighters have been demobilized.
On Sunday, there were about 117 people working on the fire.

This week, Routt County is expected to start managing the fire again.

Cost estimates for the fire were not available Monday.

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