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Evacuations lifted after fire threatens town in Montana

By MATT VOLZ Published: August 4, 2012
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HELENA, Mont. — As a wildfire’s flames raced to the edge of Lame Deer town limits, police drove the streets with loudspeakers blaring orders for residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation community to grab their most important belongings and get out.

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At a glance

Blazes burn across West

Other wildfires in the West:

•In Southern California, firefighters were nearing containment of a rural Riverside County wildfire that has burned 355 acres of heavy vegetation and one home.

•In Idaho, a wildfire burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness has scorched nearly 29 square miles and was being battled by more than 200 firefighters, officials said. The Halstead Fire was burning in the wilderness 18 miles northwest of Stanley. It ignited a week ago from a lightning strike.

•In central Washington, the Crane Road Fire was about 80 percent contained Friday after burning nearly 19 square miles of grass, brush and scattered timber. The fire broke out Wednesday.

•In Wyoming, more crews were being sent to help battle the growing Ferris Fire, about 30 miles northeast of Rawlins. The wildfire grew by about 800 acres in one day to more than 3,600 acres by Friday.

•In southern Utah, several major wildfires that scorched mountainsides last month have triggered concern for flash floods over the next few days.

Associated Press

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