- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Evacuation orders are in place for some northwestern Montana residents after a lightning storm sparked fires southeast of Eureka in the Kootenai National Forest.

Lincoln County officials say the evacuations were ordered at about 2 a.m. Tuesday for some residents that live on the following roads: Sherman Creek, Griffith Creek, Therriault Creek, Stevens and Graves Creek. Other residents were on pre-evacuation notice.

A Lincoln County dispatcher says the sheriff’s office evacuated 10 residences overnight while other residents left on their own.

A shelter is available at the Church of God in Eureka and animals can be taken to the fairgrounds.

Eureka is a town of about 1,000 people about 9 miles south of the Canadian border.

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