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National Guard to help with Montana wildfires

Aug. 21, 2013 - 04:42PM   |  
Lolo Creek Complex
A line of evacuees drive away from 8,000 acres of wildfires Tuesday near Lolo, Mont. Gov. Steve Bullock ordered two Montana Army National Guard helicopter teams and 18 checkpoint teams to join firefighting efforts. (Kurt Wilson / AP)
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Gov. Steve Bullock ordered two Montana Army National Guard helicopter teams and 18 checkpoint teams to join firefighting efforts on the Lolo Creek Complex west of Lolo.

A total of nearly 110 Guardsmen are expected to be on duty by Thursday morning.

The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter teams will be stationed at the Montana Department of Natural Resources state land office in Missoula, while the checkpoint teams will report to their locations at 8 a.m. Thursday.

The soldiers will be placed on active duty for up to 15 days.

The lightning-caused fires grew from a combined 70 acres on Monday morning to 8,600 acres, or over 13 square miles, by Wednesday morning.

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