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Perimeter of 51k acre Lolo Peak Fire nearly half-contained

Map shows extent of Lolo Peak Fire as of Sept, 11(FLORENCE)- The Lolo Peak Fire has now scorched over 51,000 acres, but fire crews have been able to contain nearly half of the big fire's perimeter with fire lines. 

Those new numbers come today after a weekend that saw the fire have renewed activity on the west, and in the Sweeney Creek drainage south of Florence. 

The fire, which was started by a passing lightning storm in mid-July, has slowed considerably over the past week, although there are still areas of activity, especially on the western edge of the fire near Idaho, and the southern edge above the Bitterroot Valley. 

As of Monday morning, crews have contained 46% of the fire's perimeter. The strategy throughout the fire has been to build perimeter control lines around the fire since its impossible to build line along areas where the fire has burned in steep, rugged terrain that isn't safe for fire crews on the ground. 

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