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Evacuated residents near Lolo allowed to return

   LOLO, Mont. (AP) -- Fire managers at the Lolo Creek Complex of fires near the
town of Lolo have reopened U.S. Highway 12 and allowed residents to return to
about 250 homes.
   Fire spokeswoman Dixie Dies says fire managers ended the evacuation and
opened the road at 6 a.m. Saturday.
   But she says there's still a lot of work to do because fire is burning strong
through timber on the north edge.
   She says about 650 personnel are assigned to the blaze and more are arriving.
Nine helicopters are also taking part.
   The 17-square-mile complex of fires started by lightning on Aug. 18 is 40 per
cent contained. Five homes have been destroyed.
   Elsewhere, the Rock Creek Fire south of Red Lodge is 1.5 square miles and 20
percent contained. U.S. Highway 212 remains open.
   AP-WF-08-24-13 2145GMT

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