HELENA, Mont. (AP) – UPDATE: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a state of emergency to allow truck drivers to work longer hours to deliver aviation fuel and other supplies to crews battling wildfires.
Bullock issued the declaration Sunday, saying increased demand for fuel and supplies had put a strain on drivers’ hours.
At least three wildfires are burning in western Montana. The North Hills Fire north of Helena has burned about 4 square miles (10.5 square kilometers) and prompted the evacuation of about 100 homes.
The Bannack Fire south of Butte has burned 150 acres (60 hectares), and the Beeskove Fire northeast of Missoula has burned 115 acres (47 hectares).