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Martin Canyon fire continues to burn near Bellevue

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Published: Jul. 24, 2017 at 5:49 PM MDT
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Fire crews are battling a blaze near Bellevue that was started around 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Martin Canyon Fire has burned more than 3,500 acres.

Afternoon storms and steep terrain have made it difficult for firefighters to get a handle on the fire.

Strong winds temporarily grounded aircraft who are being used to drop retardant and water on the flames.

Wind gusts also made visibility difficult at times.

The Bureau of Land Management says the fire is burning Northeast and southeast away from Bellevue.

There are structures in the area, but none are immediately threatened.

The cause is believed to be human, someone was target shooting in the area using steel core bullets which are illegal on public lands this time of year.

Road closures: Muldoon Canyon Road from the entrance of Ee-da-ho Ranch to Muldoon. It is also closed from the Little Wood Reservoir Dam to Muldoon.

Muldoon Canyon is closed to recreation and camping.

As of yet, there is no estimated control or containment time.

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