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Firefighters Prepare to Protect Essex as Blaze Approaches

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By MATT VOLZ
Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Crews are working to keep a wildfire from spreading to the small community of Essex on the southern border of Montana's Glacier National Park.

The fire is burning in the Great Bear Wilderness about 2 ½ miles away from the community, which is on a transportation corridor that includes U.S. Highway 2 and Burlington Northern Santa Fe's main northern rail line.

Fire information officer Sonja Hartmann says the wind is expected to kick up Thursday. She says crews are preparing for the worst.

Flathead County sheriff's officials are notifying residents to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. There are 200 threatened structures, which include homes and the Izaak Walton Inn.

BNSF officials have brought in a fire suppression train and tanker cars to protect its property and assist the firefighters.

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