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Governor: Fire in 'hands of God'

August 05, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Authorities worried about firefighters' safety pulled them off a fast-growing wildfire in western Montana and told residents of about 200 homes to get out of the way.

"This fire is in the hands of God right now," Gov. Brian Schweitzer said after taking a helicopter flight over the blaze, which already had burned nearly 8 square miles since starting Friday afternoon.

Winds between 25 and 30 mph were helping to fan the blaze northeast of Missoula, near the popular getaway spots of Seeley and Placid lakes.

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