HELENA, Mont. -

Fire officials looked forward to the chance of heavy rain as they continue to battle five large southeastern Montana wildfires.

The National Weather Service says it is very likely the fires could get doused with thunderstorms and possibly hail Thursday afternoon before high temperatures return to the region this weekend.

That is good news for fire managers now jointly managing five wildfires so they can quickly move personnel and equipment where they're needed.

That includes the Ash Creek Fire, which is the state's largest at 382 square miles and is about 50 percent contained.

Firefighters were active on the 57-square-mile Taylor Creek Fire near Ft. Howes and the Powerline fire about 30 miles from Hysham. Firefighters on the Powerline Fire contained a late-afternoon run of 600 acres Wednesday.