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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 5:50 pm | Updated: 4:46 pm, Thu May 9, 2013.

REXBURG — Neighbors are doubly relieved about the outcome of a controlled burn that flared up again — the fire is now considered out and the brush will no longer shelter a mountain lion.

Madison firefighters responded to the fire around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The controlled burn was on a vacant lot in the Stonebridge Subdivision at the corner of Seventh North and Tanglewood.

Madison Assistant Fire Chief David Davis said the burn had been registered about two days ago, but it apparently re-kindled with a significant shift in the wind direction.

The firefighters put out the fire within about 30 minutes.

Neighbors in the subdivision say the fire had been set to clear tree trunks and brush that had recently been used as habitat by a mountain lion.

"We're relieved that the mountain lion won't be sleeping in our backyards," said Jessica Mortensen. "It just puts our mind at ease knowing that the pile is gone. We have a lot of young kids and runners in the area."

She said that the mountain lion had been seen by several residents and evidence of its presence had been found by Fish and Game officials.

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