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Blackrock Fire Burns Around Man's Home

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The fire tore through this area. The fire tore through this area.
ODESSA, Wash. -

Firefighters are working to contain and mop up hotspots for the Blackrock Fire burning in Grant and Lincoln counties. The latest estimate shows it's burned 23,600 acres and is 40 percent contained.

There are no longer evacuation notices out for the fire, but for those who saw the flames outside their window, they're still keeping a close watch.

John Taken's house almost went up in flames.

"the fire was probably over a mile of flame that you could see - smoke and flame billowing all over the place," Taken says.

But the fire spared his home thanks to the work of firefighters and neighbors. One of Taken's neighbors drive down and disked a fire barrier around his home, something John is so grateful for.

"They did a fine job of taking care of me. I'm old and decrepit and I can't do it so they did a good job of taking care of me," he says.

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