May 4, 2014 7:28 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Redington Fire at least 50 percent contained

REDINGTON - A wildfire has charred at least 125 acres while crews have managed to contain at least 50 percent of the fire.

More than 110 firefighters battled the fire overnight after it was reported around 4pm on Saturday. Three air tankers and one helicopter were initially used to fight the fire located near milepost 12 of Redington Road.

"They worked until about three in the morning last night, working to get a ring around it. We had air tankers respond to the fire as well and used retardant extensively to try and make sure we had a handle on it this morning," said Gerry Perry, of the U.S. Forest Service.

Fire officials believe it was caused by humans but the investigation is ongoing.

On Sunday, the number of firefighters was scaled back as a larger percentage of the fire was contained.

"They currently have 70 people on the fire and they plan to have mop-up tomorrow and reduce that number to about 40 or 50 personnel on the fire," said Dale Thompson, a spokesperson with the U.S. Forest Service.

Redington Road near milepost four has been closed off to traffic and will likely remain closed Monday.


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