(HAVRE) - County, state, and federal firefighters as well as volunteer firefighters have contained the majority of the East Fork Fire in the Bears Paw Mountains south of Havre.

Local residents attend a public meeting in Havre on Monday 9-4-17 regarding the East End Fire. (DNRC Photo)

The fire is estimated at 21,500 acres as of this morning, with 70% containment. Mop up work has begun, while grass and timber within the perimeter continues to smolder.

The Hill County Sheriff has lifted the evacuation order on Sucker Creek Road and Taylor Road allowing property owners to return to the area. Sucker Creek Road has been opened to local residents; the public is urged to stay out of the area due to heavy equipment and emergency personnel still working in the area. Highway 234 will remain closed from Taylor Road South. Beaver Creek Park and all side roads within the park remain closed to recreation.

A public meeting at the Chippewa Cree's Stone Child Vo-Tech Center will be held on Tuesday, September 5, at 4 p.m.

A public meeting at Bear Paw School in Blaine County will be held on Wednesday, September 6, at 4 p.m.