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Crews wrap up Indian Creek Fire

Firefighters manage a burnout operation on the Indian Creek Fire on Thursday, Aug. 20, to help contain the fire. (BLM photo)

VALE—The 48,000-acre Indian Creek Fire took $5.1 million, 33 aircraft, half a million gallons of retardant, 398 fire personnel and 13 days to get under control, said Larisa Bogardus, Vale Bureau of Land Management public affairs officer.

The Northwest Incident Management Team 13, with firefighters from around Oregon and Washington, stepped into the firefight on Aug. 18, two days after the fire was reported, and left on Aug. 30, giving the fight back to Rob Gubser, High Desert Type 3 Incident Management Team commander.

Commanders from Team 13 were unavailable for comment after being deployed to another fire fight. The cause of the human-triggered fire, started along U.S. Highway 20 . . .