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Nobody was killed, though four people were taken to the hospital.
Drones over the area forced officials to ground aircraft for safety twice since the fire was first reported Monday.
The 65-year-old Red Lodge Fire Rescue firefighter was flown to Utah in mid-July after he was severely burned while fighting the Harris Fire, north of Joliet.
The evacuation covered about 2,000 residents of Lame Deer, where people who had fled the fire earlier in the day initially sought shelter.
The five were building a defensive line at the Devil’s Creek Fire in Garfield County when the weather shifted.
Authorities braced for new fires to ignite and existing ones to grow as the National Weather Service said the heat would linger through Thursday.
Red Lodge Fire Rescue has identified the firefighter injured Friday in the Harris Fire near Joliet as Dan Steffensen.
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