HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities have lifted an evacuation order and reopened roads that had been closed due to a wildfire threatening the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. On Thursday night, police with loudspeakers told the 2,000 residents to flee as the 156-square-mile Chalky Fire approached the town limits. Fire officials battled the blaze overnight and no homes were lost.
Residents had already been trickling back to Lame Deer even before the evacuation order was lifted Friday afternoon. Evacuations also were lifted for Jimtown north of Lame Deer. Information officer Mariah Leuschen says officials also have reopened Highways 212 and 39 west and north of Lame Deer. Leuschen says firefighters have been aided by cooler temperatures but still have a lot of work to do to secure the fire perimeter.