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Fire crews contained a potentially explosive fire about 3 miles northwest of Johnson Siding on Tuesday evening, with help from cooling temperatures and subsiding winds.

Initially, the Bogus Jim Fire, which was spotted about 3 p.m. Tuesday, was estimated at 10 acres. By the time it was contained late Tuesday evening the estimate was 8.5 acres.

Black Hills National Forest fire manager Todd Pechota said federal, state, county and volunteer crews and officials responded quickly to the fire and were effective in work to control it, Pechota said.

“The fire has really laid down,” he said. “But there will be a crew on it through the night.”

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Pechota said showers overnight Monday helped with dry conditions but not enough to prevent the fire Tuesday afternoon.

“This was just indicative of how dry it is when a quarter-inch of rain didn’t do a lot,” he said. “It certainly looked like the fire had potential, but we got more cloud cover, and the winds were a little less. And we had a strong, rapid interagency response.”

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Pechota said today would bring more fire danger and more need to be careful and watchful.

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