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Jun 27, 2012 9:35 PM by Q2 News

Gov: 110K Ash Creek Fire among most dangerous fires in the history of Montana

The Ash Creek Fire burning near Ashland in southeast Montana has exploded to more than 110,000 acres.

Governor Brian Schweitzer conducted an aerial surveillance flight over the area on Wednesday afternoon and said, "This is one of the largest fires in the history of Montana," meaning one of the fastest growing fires.

The fire was sparked on Tuesday near the town of Ashland on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

An evacuation order was issued overnight for the town of Ashland and its surrounding area by the Rosebud County Sheriff's Office.

More than 800 people live in Ashland.

There are no reports at this time of any injuries.

Randy Sander, the fire program manager in Miles City who was also on the flight, said, "This is the scariest fire I've ever seen."

The fire is currently zero percent contained, and there are zero anchor points at this time.

More than a dozen structures have been destroyed.

Air tankers with a 20,000 pound load of fire retardant are being called in to battle the fire.

We will keep you updated as we learn more.

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