BILLINGS, Mont.— Fire officials say they have begun jointly managing five large southeastern Montana wildfires so they can quickly move personnel and equipment where they're needed.
That includes the Ash Creek Fire, which is the state's largest at 382 square miles. Officials say that fire was 50 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.
Most of the activity was on the Taylor Creek Fire near Ft. Howes and the Powerline fire about 30 miles from Hysham.
Firefighters, including volunteers and ranchers from the area, worked to keep the 57-square-mile Taylor Creek Fire from moving west and spreading north into timber.
Firefighters on the Powerline Fire contained a late-afternoon run of 600 acres Wednesday.
Thursdays was expected to bring a chance of thunderstorms and possible rain to the area.
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