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Residents learn about efforts to battle Clear Creek fire

Residents gathered for a meeting on Tuesday night about the Clear Creek fire burning in McDowell County. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Residents gathered for a meeting on Tuesday night about the Clear Creek fire burning in McDowell County.

It's burned almost 1,200 acres so far and has yet to be contained.

About 100 people who live in and around the Clear Creek area came to Greenlee Baptist Church to hear from the experts when it comes to fighting wildfires.

An incident management team from Montana is helping with the fight, having just worked fires in Tennessee.

They showed residents where most of the work is being done, and how they're helping state and local crews.

Even at zero containment, they believe they're making progress, but told the crowd they still need to be extremely cautious and vigilant.

"We don't like to throw that containment number out there too quick because things can change in a heartbeat out there," John Thompson, an incident commander, said.

The message at the meeting was to keep your eyes out for anything suspicious, like vehicles parked along the side of the road where they perhaps shouldn't be.

People are urged to write down tag numbers just in case it turns out that location becomes a place where a fire flares up.

The sheriff said reward money is being put together through Crime Stoppers and the governor's office. The number to call is 65-crime.

As of Tuesday, no structures had been lost to the Clear Creek fire.

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