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Delphia fire grows northeast of Roundup

BILLINGS (AP) — Fire crews are working to contain a wildfire threatening rural houses northeast of Roundup as they brace for several days of hot and windy weather that could fan the flames on multiple blazes across the state.

Spokesman Pat Mckelvey said Monday that the lightning-caused Delphia fire northeast of Roundup has grown to almost 55 square miles. Mckelvey says about 15 to 20 outbuildings have been destroyed, but no houses.

Claudia Rapkoch with NorthWestern Energy says the company hopes to restore power Monday to the last of several hundred customers who lost it after a transmission line burned.

National Weather Service forecasters say hot weather will set in Monday and Tuesday, when dry thunderstorms could spark new fires.

Meanwhile, fires in neighboring Idaho have sent smoke pouring into western Montana.


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