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Horseshoe Fire destroys 10 buildings, fire officials say

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CLARKSTON -

Ten buildings are destroyed in a wildfire that is burning in southwest Montana.

This information about the Horseshoe Fire came to light on Wednesday night, during a community meeting in Clarkston.

Fire officials say that the Horseshoe Fire is now estimated at 1,525 acres and is 18-percent contained.

Officials are still working to determine whether the structures destroyed are primary residences.

An investigation into what started the fire, which was detected on Monday afternoon, is ongoing.

Cal French, who lost his home during the fire, tells ABC FOX Montana that he had only 10 minutes to get a few belongings out of his home before it was engulfed in flames.

"Lost our home, everything we owned," French said. "Our dogs are still wandering around, hopefully alive, in the mountains up there. And the problem is we have no fire insurance, we need help to rebuild, and we will rebuild with all the help that the kind folks and stuff like that will give us, I'm sure of that."

Many residents voiced concerns about what started the fire, as well as how to dispose of  what's left of their homes.

Officials say that two Red Cross shelters are on standby, one in Bozeman and one in Belgrade, in case an evacuation is ordered.

Officials also warn homeowners that if the evacuation order is put out, they only have one chance to leave.

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