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Fire managers expecting another day of active burning in Montana that will test firefighters

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HELENA, Montana — A large part of western and central Montana is ripe for more wildfire growth.

Much of western and central Montana is under a red flag warning Saturday, including areas around Helena, Missoula, Kalispell, Butte, Great Falls, Bozeman and Billings.

PHOTO: In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, Allison Stahl carries a basket of clothing to her car as firefighters walk past on their way to establish a hose line in Essex, Mont. The area was evacuated Thursday afternoon in the face of the growing Sheep Fire threatening the community at the southern edge of Glacier National Park. (Aaric Bryan/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)
In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, Allison Stahl carries a basket of clothing to her car as firefighters walk past on their way to establish a hose line in Essex, Mont. The area was evacuated Thursday afternoon in the face of the growing Sheep Fire threatening the community at the southern edge of Glacier National Park. (Aaric Bryan/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

Fire managers are expecting another day of active burning that will test firefighters who are already stretched thin.

Most wildfires burning throughout western Montana grew on Friday.

The towns of Essex in Flathead County and Heart Butte on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation remain under evacuation orders.

A new fire was reported Friday in a remote area about 20 miles northeast of Bozeman.

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