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Firefighters battle blazes in several western states


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters battled heat, wind and, in one case, potential exposure to asbestos, as they battled wildfires across the western United States on Friday.

In Montana, specially trained firefighters wore respirators as they tackled a blaze near where asbestos-tainted vermiculite was mined for decades. The forest fire was first discovered Thursday afternoon near the now-closed W.R. Grace Mine. It had burned about 50 acres (20 hectares) by Friday morning.

Asbestos still lingers in the trees and soil around the mine. Breathing the fibers can lead to mesothelioma or lung can...

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