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The Latest: Officials say Montana fire burns 3 houses

SPANISH FORK, Utah – The Latest on the fires burning in the Western United States (all times are local):

12:40 pm

Officials in southwestern Montana say three houses burnt in a bushfire in the vicinity of a small community along the Missouri River.

Gallatin County emergency officials said Thursday, two “second homes” and seven outbuildings were also lost Monday afternoon outside of Clarkston, about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Bozeman.

The fire burned almost 2 square miles (5 kilometers) from the ground and was 33 percent contained. The crews were working on Friday to increase containment and hot spots.

Approximately 160 people assigned to the fire was burning in grass and juniper among the approximately 40 buildings.

The cause of the fire is not yet determined.

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10:45 pm

A fast-moving Utah wildfire fanned by high winds has more than doubled in size as it burns through dry terrain, and forces the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

The U. S. Forest Service, said Friday that the fire had grown to 84 square miles (217 square km) of 31 square miles (80 square kilometers) on Thursday evening.

Sparked by lightning last week, the fire is only 2 percent contained.

People were told to leave three communities in the vicinity of the city of Spanish Fork on Thursday, after the fire exploded as the wind in the area picked up.

The cleared areas are the communities of Woodland Hills, Elk Ridge and Covered Bridge.

The fire threatens to converge with a second fire.

No damage to houses is reported.

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9 hours

A fast-growing wildfire roaring through dry terrain in Utah is forcing the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

People were told to leave three communities in the vicinity of Spanish Fork on Thursday, after the lightning-sparked blaze exploded in size from 31 square miles (80 square kilometers). It is threatening to converge with a second fire.

Sparked by lightning in a remote, wooded area on Sept. 6, the so-called Pole Creek fire raged out of control as high winds kicked up on Thursday.

It is also forced road closures on U.S. Highway 89 and u.s. Highway 6, which has since reopened.

No housing damage has been reported. The fire is 2 percent.

The cleared areas are Woodland Hills, Elk Ridge and Covered Bridge.

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