Montana Fire Grows, California Blaze Flares

SHELBY, Mont. (AP) -- A wildfire growing toward a Montana town will keep residents on edge today.

The Skyland fire south of Glacier National Park has more than quadrupled in size to an estimated 5000 acres.

Residents of Heart Butte are being told to prepare to evacuate if the blaze burns to within ten miles of the town.

The fire jumped control lines Saturday and is just two percent contained. US Highway Two has reopened, but the Summit Station Lodge is still evacuated.

North of Helena, containment of the 7500 acre Meriwether fire burning in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness fell from 15 percent to 10 percent.

About a dozen homes in California were evacuated over the weekend when a nearly month-old wildfire flared up in the Los Padres National Forest.


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