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Murphy Fire now 90 percent contained

Great news. The Forest Service is reporting that the Murphy Fire is now 90 percent contained and still holding at 117 acres.

Firefighters have been camping on the hill overnight and they’ll be up there again today and tonight, making sure the fire continues to behave. Some crews will be shifting out today to be replaced by the Plumas Hotshots who will join the Feather River Hotshots.

The fire, which broke out in the early morning hours of Aug. 7 northwest of Belden in the Feather River Canyon prompted the voluntary evacuation of that area as well as Maggie’s Maple Leaf and Little Haven. Those calls have been lifted. Highway 70 remains open.

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