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Harding Fire nearly contained

Sun News Service
Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunA helicopter battles the Harding Fire in the Sierra Valley on Thursday.

More than 1,000 firefighters have nearly contained the Harding Fire, near Sierraville, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Hardy said Sunday.

The 2,200-acre fire is 80 percent contained, with complete control expected Tuesday, Hardy said.

Sunday, fire crews spent the day extinguishing spots near the fire lines and began cleaning up the area.

Antelope Valley Road and Cottonwood Campground on Highway 89 remain closed, Hardy said.

After battling the blaze Friday and heading back to camp, one crew, the Mormon Lake Hotshots from Arizona, came across a Sierra Valley woman waving frantically.

The woman led them to an area ranch, where her husband had been trapped under his Dodge Dakota for about 15 minutes.

The 20-person crew quickly lifted the truck and provided care for the man, Don Tyrrell, until an ambulance arrived.

“Thank God the firefighters were here when we needed them,” said Linda Tyrrell. “Don suffered no broken bones due to their quick response.”