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By Tim Leeds 

Pine Grove fire grows to 17,500 acres

Cooler weather, less wind could help efforts; two structures lost so far


Last updated 8/18/2021 at 11:58am

The Pine Grove Fire in the Little Rocky Mountains has grown to 17,500 acres, causing the evacuation of two communities in the area.

A post on the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council Facebook page about 9:30 a.m. said evacuation status still has not changed — Zortman and the Pine Grove area of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation have been evacuated — and all other surrounding communities including Hays and Lodge Pole are on evacuation warnings.

The post said helicopter mapping missions will be held today to see where the fire is in relation to the communities and where the fire is most...

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