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ROCK CREEK – The final evacuation order issued for the Sapphire Complex Fire has been lifted.

Fire managers reported that all evacuation orders for Upper Rock Creek Road are no longer in place.

The Sapphire Complex fire has burned over 43,700 acres since being sparked by lightning on July 24

The blaze located approximately 25 miles south-southeast of Missoula is now 60 percent contained.

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Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for Upper Rock Creek Road from Stony Creek south to Kyle G. Bohrnsen Memorial Bridge, including residences on the lower Cornish Gulch Road and Basin Gulch Road, and for Upper Rock Creek Road residences from Bobcat Creek south to Hogback Homestead.

Throughout the duration of the fire, private property and structures have been at risk in the Rock Creek and Upper Willow Creek drainages, as well as fisheries in Rock Creek, working ranches, commercial structures and businesses and the Bonneville Power Administration powerline.

There are 179 people assigned to the blaze.

Little Hogback Fire: 34,552 acres:
On the east side of the fire, rehabilitation and patrol will remain in place as weather permits. Where fire has been active around the Wedge, monitoring will continue and action taken as needed. Structure protection along Rock Creek Road from Wild Rose to Stony Creek continues. In Idle Ranch Court and Trout Haven subdivision, structures are prepped for protection. There are still some hot spots in the interior.

Goat Creek Fire: 8,300 acres:
Firefighters completed 97 percent of the rehabilitation of constructed fire breaks. Equipment will be pulled and moved to other areas.

Sliderock Fire: 900 acres:
This fire is in patrol status; however, some heat remains in the interior. A Helitack crew was able to work on these areas yesterday. Rehabilitation of constructed fire lines will continue as weather permits.

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