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Lump Gulch Fire

Smoke from the Lump Gulch Fire burning south of Helena, MT, June 13, 2020.
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Fire officials say they now know how a wildfire started last weekend roughly 13 miles south of Helena.

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Pre-evacuation notices were lifted Tuesday for about 20 homes threatened by the Lump Gulch Fire burning south of Helena in Jefferson County. Strong winds caused the fire to grow quickly this weekend.

John Tubbs, Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, says he doesn't know how those homes were spared.

Smoke from the Lump Gulch Fire burning south of Helena, MT, June 13, 2020.
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There was minimal growth Monday on a wildfire burning near Clancy, south of Helena. Strong winds fanned the Lump Gulch fire Saturday afternoon which led to the mandatory evacuation of around 20 homes over the weekend.

Incident spokesman Duane Buchi says fire behavior was very quiet Monday.

Aerial view of the Lump Gulch Fire south of Helena, MT, June 13, 2020.
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Updated 3:45 p.m., June 14

The evacuation order for Sheep Mountain residents has been lifted, according to a Facebook post from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff's office says those residents and others in the area of the Lump Gulch Fire in north Jefferson County near Sheep Mountain should remain prepared to evacuate.