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GREAT FALLS - Nearly all of Montana's wildland fire crews - Hot Shots included - have been sent to California or are in the process of being sent there to fight wildfires.

Gary Boyd is an assistant center manager with the Northern Rockies Coordinating Center in Missoula. He says that, right now, Montana is helping its neighbors.

When and if the Montana fire season gets going, Boyd says crews battling the California fires will head north and east.

Firefighters from Nevada and Oregon are also lending a hand in California, where more than 840 lightning-sparked wildfires are burning in the northern part of the state.

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