Montana wildfires burn homes, cause injuries

12:09 AM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
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BILLINGS, Mont. -- Firefighters are struggling to gain control of major Montana wildfires that have burned houses and caused injuries - even as crews rush to tamp down new blazes before they spread.

As many as 200 people remained evacuated Thursday from an 8-square-mile fire south of Livingston that destroyed at least five houses and several buildings. Minor injuries were reported.

South of Butte, authorities say a resident who failed to heed an evacuation order was taken away by ambulance after suffering second-degree burns to his hands and arms. At least two houses and seven other structures have burned and officials warn the toll will likely rise.

Authorities say crews are battling new fires south of Ashland and in the Gallatin Canyon.

Wildfires are burning in at least six other western states.

(Associated Press)

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