Fast-Moving Montana Wildfires Are Volatile

Two fast-moving Montana wildfires triggered new evacuations as firefighters battled a difficult combination of lightning strikes, dry weather and winds, reports the Associated Press.

The Horse Creek fire south of Hysham quickly grew from 3 to 9 square miles overnight. It was the largest of more than a dozen new fires sparked by weekend lightning strikes.

A natural gas pipeline and a transmission line that pass through the remote, hilly area also were threatened by the blaze, officials said. The area where the fire is advancing is sparsely populated.
To the southeast, the 290-square mile Ash Creek fire jumped Highway 212 west of Broadus.

A brief period of cooler weather Monday was expected give way by Tuesday to a return of hotter and drier conditions.

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