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Wildfire, fire management and air quality news for western Montana and the Northern Rockies.

Fire northwest of Helena has been contained

A wildfire that burned in the Helena Valley is fully contained after it forced several residents to evacuate from their homes Monday afternoon. The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office says no structures were lost and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Law enforcement is asking the public and non-residents to stay out of the Three Mile Road area for the safety of fire personnel.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office

6:30 p.m., June 27, 2022

A two-to-three acre fire burning near the Birdseye area northwest of Helena forced the evacuations of three homes Monday afternoon.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says crews from at least six fire departments and the DNRC are on-scene of the fire, which began around 4:22 p.m. today near Three Mile Road and Murray Lane.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, though it was initially reported as an escaped burn barrel.

Dutton did not have a containment estimate at news time.

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