Crews make progress on blaze in Montana

Posted: Monday, August 04, 2008

RED LODGE, Mont. - Fire crews had a productive day Sunday mopping up hotspots and securing firelines around the 10,165-acre Cascade fire six miles west of this resort town.

"I think things are going pretty well," fire information officer Betsy Ballard said late Sunday afternoon. "So far the big thunder cells haven't materialized" that were forecast earlier, with predictions of winds up to 50 mph.

Red Lodge Fire Chief Tom Kuntz said all mandatory evacuations and pre-evacuation orders had been lifted for subdivisions west of Red Lodge.

Almost 750 people are battling the 16-square-mile fire.

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