The Dixie Creek fire that prompted Prairie City to cancel its fireworks celebration is not a threat to structures as winds are currently blowing the fire away from the city as crews have contained 50% of the blaze with a dozer line.
The favorable wind has allowed Prairie City to avoid a worse case scenario, as of 10 p.m. on Saturday, the fire, which officials estimated had grown to 300 acres, is actually 570 acres according to Todd McKinley, Grant County Sheriff.
McKinley said the initial estimate had been based on an initial assessment.
According to a Saturday ODF press release, the fire was ignited by a lightning strike on Thursday and had been smoldering, unobserved until just before 2 p.m Saturday when it was reported.
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