- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a fire emergency in Montana as better weather conditions Sunday aided firefighting efforts and prevented new major fire starts.

The emergency declaration allows Bullock to mobilize state resources and the Montana National Guard to fight the fires.

Fires are burning in Glacier National Park and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Bitterroot, Helena, Kootenai and Flathead national forests and on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

The state’s biggest fire has burned nearly 21 square miles in Glacier. There is no containment on the fire, but officials noted cooler temperatures, higher humidity and lighter winds.

Elsewhere in Montana, state and local firefighters made little progress in attacking a wildfire that has consumed nearly 15 square miles of mostly open range in Broadwater County south of Toston on Friday.



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