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Firefighters were expected back at work today to battle a blaze that has torn through about 90 acres of forest in the Adirondack High Peaks.

The steep terrain has made it difficult for crews to contain the fire, which was slowly creeping downhill Monday and burning so far into the ground that it was uprooting trees, state forest rangers said.

On Monday, four helicopters were called in for a second day to drop water on the blazing trees to aid crews on the ground fighting to bring the fire under control.

The fire grew by 15 acres Monday to cover about 90 acres of the shoulder of Noonmark Mountain in the Adirondack Forest Preserve near the Ausable Club resort in the Dix Mountain Wilderness.

Noonmark is located near two of the High Peaks, Dial and Dix, about seven miles east of Mount Marcy, the state's highest peak.

The light rain Monday morning dampened the underbrush and slowed the fire but was not enough to extinguish it, officials said.

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