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CREWS CONTAIN 450-ACRE BLAZE NEAR BORDER

Firefighters have contained a 450-acre fire in a wilderness study area where some of the oldest trees in the world are growing.

Sharon Knowlton, Interagency Fire Center spokeswoman in Salt Lake City, said the blaze was contained by 6 p.m. Tuesday and crews that had been fighting fires for 14 days straight were sent home.Rain and snow Sunday and Monday helped firefighters quell the blaze in rugged terrain in the Deep Creek Mountains along the Nevada border.

The lightning-caused blaze, which had been burning since Aug. 24, was fought by 250 firefighters, who were aided by three helicopters that ferried crews and dropped water.

The Bureau of Land Management decided to undertake the expensive suppression effort in the wilderness study area because of the presence of 3,000- to 4,000-year-old bristlecone pines.