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The Deer Creek Fire originated off Echeta Road and is currently estimated at 3,000 acres. Afternoon flight surveillance operations will give the incident management team more information on any containment. The cause of the fire is suspected to be a burning coal seam that surfaced and ignited the dry fuel around it Monday afternoon. It is unknown how the coal seam ignited or how long it has been burning. The fire is actively burning in difficult, rugged terrain. Fuels involved consist of grass, juniper and some ponderosa pine. It is burning on federal, state and private lands. This fire is burning on federal, state and private lands in Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan Counties. No structures have been lost, nor have any evacuations or road closures have been

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