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3 homes lost to Horseshoe Fire

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Burned juniper and fir trees along with fallen ash lined the steep hillsides in Clarkston Thursday, as the Horseshoe Fire continued to smolder.

Fire officials say the fire burned just over 1,200 acres and is at 33 percent containment as of Thursday night, with three 20-person crews still fighting the fire.

Some structures were lost and others saved.

Three homes were confirmed to have burned as well as two secondary homes and seven outbuildings.

Officials say it could have been worse.

"With the structures that were affected and destroyed within that fire perimeter there were approximately 25 other structures -- so having those structures make it through the fire shows a lot of the good work," said Crystal Beckman, public information officer for the Horseshoe Fire.

Residents like Chris Rasmussen, who lives on Crystal Mountain Road, have been collecting donations for their neighbors.

"Everybody's just trying to figure out where we are," said Rasmussen, who was also fighting the fire. "A steady stream of people have been bringing in clothes and food and pet food."

Wednesday night's rain minimized fire activity, but fire officials say it creates new challenges.

"Cooler temperatures sometimes hide the heat more that's left," said Beckman.

According to Beckman, firefighters are staying busy looking for hot spots and won’t be going anywhere yet, as it warms up into Saturday.

"Even though we may not see smoke and flames on the hillside we're here to make sure the fire is completely out before we leave," she added.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Pets and livestock were also displaced during the wildfire. Currently two golden doodles are missing.

If you have any information on them, you can call the fire information line at 402-804-8755.

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