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New Fires Ignite in South West Montana, Prompt Evacuations

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Officials say new fires ignited in southern Montana as lightning moved through the area, including one that forced people from about 30 homes near Livingston.

The cause of the 1½-square-mile fire northeast of Livingston that began Tuesday night has not yet been officially determined but officials suspect it was caused by lightning

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Montana Fire Crews on Guard as Heat Returns

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Four of the five wildfires burning in southeastern Montana have been fully contained, but crews are keeping a wary eye out because forecasters are calling for high temperatures and possible lightning strikes

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Storm Sparks Three New Fires in Bitterroot Forest

Five new lightning-caused fires in Bitterroot National Forest.

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Montana’s Largest Wildfire Near Full Containment

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's largest wildfire is 95 percent contained, but lightning, heat and gusty winds could make things tough on firefighters later this week.

Fire managers said earlier they hoped to fully contain the 250,000-acre Ash Creek fire on Monday

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South East Montana Firefighters Look for Help From Rain

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Crews took advantage of mild weather and calmer fire activity on Thursday to make headway on five large southeastern Montana blazes.

Officials are now managing the fires as one 470-square-mile wildfire complex so they can quickly shuttle resources between them

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Montana Blazes Grow Amid Gusty Conditions

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire west of Three Forks has grown to about 7.5 square miles amid gusty winds that prevented burnout operations.

Fire officials say the Pony fire in the Tobacco Root mountains grew about a half square mile overnight after strong gusts sent crew tents rolling across their encampment near Whitehall on Tuesday

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Eastern Montana Fires Spread, Prompt New Evacuations

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Fast-moving wildfires triggered new evacuations in southeast Montana Monday, as firefighters battled a potent combination of lightning strikes, dry weather and flame-whipping winds

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Montana Firefighters Brace for Hot, Windy Day

COLSTRIP, Mont. (AP) — Firefighters in eastern Montana prepared for a tough day Sunday as they faced predicted temperatures of 100 degrees, low humidity and strong winds with the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms that could spark additional blazes

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Scientists Sorting Out Beetle-Fire Relationship

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists are using computer models to gain a better understanding of what makes wildfire go.

They're working as firefighters toil on steep mountainsides to put out more than a dozen new blazes in what has already become a vicious summer of destruction in the West

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Homes Lost to Northern Cheyenne Fire Climbs While Other Montana Residents Evacuated Want to See Property

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The tally of damage from a massive wildfire on southeast Montana's Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation continues to climb, as a tribal official reports at least 32 houses have burned

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