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Firefighters return from Montana blaze

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Alabama Forestry Commission firefighters are home after fighting wildfires in Montana for two weeks.

The 20 firefighters battled blazes in the Flathead National Forest near Kalispell as part of an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service.

The group of 19 men and one woman from across the state worked on that fire that has now burned more than 41,000 acres and is about 60 percent contained. The firefighters were part of a 665-person force fighting those blazes.

Alabama Forestry Commission officials have no plans to send another crew at this time because of the critical fire threat in Alabama .

On Thursday, 59 of the state’s 67 counties were placed under a no-burn order because drought conditions have created a wildfire threat.

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