A fire on Highway 401 north of Montana’s Black Hills region is the latest to threaten the community of LaVista.
Crews from the LaVistas Fire Department battled the blaze for several hours Saturday morning.
Officials said they are still assessing the damage to the highway and expected to close it for several weeks.
“It is not safe to drive in this area,” the town’s mayor said.
The town has been the target of fires in the past, including in 2006 and 2013, and residents have been concerned about a similar situation happening in the area.
The blaze burned for hours along Highway 18 in LaVita and spread to a nearby pasture.
No one was injured in either incident, but the fire also destroyed a home, destroyed a road and destroyed a car.
In the past two weeks, the town has seen about 50 fires.
Officials are asking for residents to remain on high alert.
“We want to get everyone back into the fold, and we are trying to get the community back to its normal routines,” LaVilla Mayor Jim Gee said.