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Evacuation orders lifted for wildfire north of Helena

August 1, 2019
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Ben Dallas works a hot spot near a residence of the North Hills Fire Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Helena, Mont. Montana residents who fled their homes because of a four-day wildfire were allowed back to gather important belongings as Oregon authorities warned of unhealthy air because of another blaze that sent smoke wafting over a key highway and drifting more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the state's border with California. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)
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Ben Dallas works a hot spot near a residence of the North Hills Fire Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Helena, Mont. Montana residents who fled their homes because of a four-day wildfire were allowed back to gather important belongings as Oregon authorities warned of unhealthy air because of another blaze that sent smoke wafting over a key highway and drifting more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the state's border with California. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say a fire burning north of Helena is no longer threatening homes and all evacuation orders are being lifted.

Lewis and Clark County sheriff’s officials said Thursday all residents will be allowed home in the afternoon. The roads to public areas, including Black Sandy State Park and the White Sandy campground, are expected to re-open by the evening.

Some residents were allowed home on Wednesday as fire crews began to contain the fire that began Friday. The cause is under investigation.

The evacuation orders included about 400 homes.

The fire had burned 7.5 square miles (19 square kilometers) and was 50 percent contained as of Thursday morning.

Areas closed by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will remain closed to the public until further notice.

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