- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - More homes are being evacuated north of Noxon as a fire burning in the Kootenai National Forest spreads.

Fire information officer John Head says evacuation orders were issued for between 30 and 40 homes on Thursday. Approximately 14 homes were evacuated Thursday farther north along Montana Highway 56.

Head says warnings also have gone out to homes south of the evacuation area to the junction with U.S. Highway 200, and west along the highway four nearly four miles.

Head says the wind and low humidity has made the fire more active, and there is concern that it could combine with other blazes burning nearby.

A shelter has been set up in Noxon.

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