- Associated Press - Thursday, July 27, 2017

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - More than a dozen wildfires in Montana continue to keep firefighters busy with progress being made on most.

However, a fire in the Lolo National Forest in western Montana has forced officials to evacuate about 30 homes in Mineral County. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Superior, about 12 miles from the fire.

The fire has burned about 5.8 square miles (15 kilometers) since being ignited by lightning on July 16. There are about 460 firefighters aided by air tankers and helicopters battling the fire.

In eastern Montana, fire crews have reached 62 percent containment on a complex of fires that has burned 422 square miles (1,092 kilometers) and destroyed 16 homes.

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