BILLINGS (AP) – Wildfires burning in Montana have exploded in size, triggering evacuations and destroying an unknown number of homes as furious winds stoked the blazes and caused a fire helicopter to crash land, officials said Wednesday.

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has hired engineering firm Morrison-Maierle to develop the plans for the Jackrabbit – Madison to Main project in Belgrade, including a railroad crossing underpass or overpass on Jackrabbit Lane near Main Street.

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Montana anglers have landed six new state record fish since last August. On May 10, Trevor Johnson of Helena added a seventh whopper to that list when he reeled in a nearly 3-foot-long walleye from Holter Lake near Helena.