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4 wildfires burn over 36 square miles

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 29 2013 11:01:04 AM MDT
Jocko Canyon Fire 2
HELENA, Mont. -

Four wildfires are actively burning in western Montana and have led to some evacuations and road and trail closures.
    
The Moose Meadows Fire about 18 miles southwest of Philipsburg has burned 3.4 square miles. The Granite County sheriff's office evacuated about 30 buildings threatened by the fire.
    
The Firestone Flats Fire about 5 miles east-northeast of Arlee has burned 2.7 square miles. Twenty-one homes were evacuated Saturday and some roads were closed.
    
The lightning-caused Gold Pan Fire Complex has burned just over 18 square miles of land about 35 miles southwest of Sula on the Montana-Idaho border. Firefighters have wrapped a ranger station and a fire lookout in protective material.
    
The Red Shale Fire, which has burned nearly 12 square miles in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, is mostly being allowed to burn.