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Nation IN BRIEF : THE WEST

Wildfire Spreads in Montana, Injuring 2

September 06, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A fast-moving wildfire fueled by winds raced across thousands of acres of the Custer National Forest in south-central Montana. As many as 20 summer homes were burned and two firefighters were injured. Elsewhere in the West, however, the nation's worst fire season in 39 years seemed to slacken under cooler weather. In Oregon, fire bosses were able to send home 100 firefighters. Eleven fires totaling more than 212,000 acres were burning in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, California and Colorado. A week ago, the West had 52 fires burning nearly half a million acres.

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