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Authorities temporarily closed a section of Highway 434 northwest of Wolf Creek due to a wildfire Wednesday afternoon. 

The Jefferies Creek fire started around 3:30 p.m. 14 miles northwest of Wolf Creek. It burned approximately 30 to 50 acres, Wolf Creek/Craig Fire Chief Rocky Infanger said. 

Lewis and Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis said the fire either started as a structure fire or near a structure and butted up against Highway 434.

Infanger said one older outbuilding is a total loss and another caught fire but was not destroyed. The fire also burned near a home and other outbuildings, he said. 

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Authorities closed the highway from the fire north to Highway 200 as firefighters responded. Traffic was rerouted to Highway 287.

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Highway 434 was reopened around 5:45 p.m., according to Grimmis. 

Firefighters from volunteer departments as well as the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation responded. DNRC reported dispatching two engines, a helicopter and single engine air tanker.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and no injuries were reported. 

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Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin

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