Evacuation orders lifted for North Hills residents {blog_author}

HELENA (AP) — Montana authorities say a fire burning north of Helena is no longer threatening homes and all evacuation orders are being lifted.

Lewis and Clark County sheriff’s officials said Thursday all residents will be allowed home in the afternoon. The roads to public areas, including Black Sandy State Park and the White Sandy campground, are expected to re-open by the evening. Some residents were allowed home on Wednesday as fire crews began to contain the fire that began Friday. The cause is under investigation.

The evacuation orders included about 400 homes.

The fire had burned 7.5 square miles (19 square kilometers) and was 50 percent contained as of Thursday morning. Areas closed by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will remain closed to the public until further notice.

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