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Federal assistance approved for 3 more Montana wildfires

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 10:41 a.m.

In an Aug. 30, 2017 photo, Elden Rammell addresses the fire information community meeting in Seeley Lake, Mont. (Rion Sanders / Associated Press)
In an Aug. 30, 2017 photo, Elden Rammell addresses the fire information community meeting in Seeley Lake, Mont. (Rion Sanders / Associated Press)
Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. – Firefighters from the Oklahoma-based Osage Nation are headed to Montana to help fight wildfires.

Television station KOTV reports thousands of acres of land have been scorched by wildfires in Montana, which has experienced widespread drought.

The Osage Nation was recruited to help fight the wildfires by the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Firefighter Britton Redeagle says the Flathead Reservation sends firefighting teams to Oklahoma during the winter months when wildfires are common in the state.

Redeagle says Osage Nation firefighters plan to depart for Montana on Sunday and plan to work in 16-hour shifts while they are there.

On Saturday, firefighters in Montana used sprinklers and hoses to try to protect areas near some of the more than two dozen wildfires in the state that have forced many residents to evacuate.

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