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Wildfires cause state of emergency

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August 06, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Gov. Brian Schweitzer declared a state of emergency amid wildfires, including one northeast of Missoula that has crept to within a mile of several homes and destroyed at least one.

Higher humidity and clouds were helping firefighters contain that nearly 28-square-mile blaze, which began Friday and rapidly grew, leading to evacuation orders for about 200 homes. A fire spokesman estimated containment at zero percent, "only because there isn't a lower number."A fire in northwestern Montana in the Flathead National Forest prompted evacuation of about 50 homes.

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