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Wildland fire closes Bear Trap recreation area

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An escaped campfire late Saturday afternoon caused officials to evacuate 100 campers along the Bear Trap National Recreation Trail in the Bear Trap unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. The fire started near the intersection of the Madison River and Bear Trap Creek and as of Saturday morning, had burned approximately 35 acres.

Access to this area and the Bear Trap National Recreation Trail is closed until further notice.

Firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Madison County, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, and the Ennis Volunteer Fire Department are assisting in the management of this fire.

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