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North Hills Fire in Helena at 100 acres, evacuations remain

Posted: 12:06 PM, Jul 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-27 14:06:45-04

HELENA – Authorities say the fire burning in Helena’s North Hills has grown to around 100 acres on Saturday morning.

The Lewis and Clark County Emergency Management reported Saturday morning that a bulldozer line has been built around the fire, and aircraft have continued to drop fire retardant. However, no containment level has been established.

A Montana DNRC Type III team is taking over management of the fire from the county. U.S. Forest Service and DNRC hand crews are on scene. DNRC also has a bulldozer and air support available. Local fire departments are also assisting.

All evacuations announced Friday night were still in effect, including for the following areas:

  • Noble Lane
  • Snowdrift Road
  • Big Build Drive down to 6445
  • W. Haven Road
  • Mountain Meadow Road
  • Beginning at 6425 Timber Trail and North
  • Countryside Road
  • Black Sandy Loop
  • Church Hill Lane

The Black Sandy and White Sandy campgrounds have also been evacuated.

A public meeting is planned for Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Warren School at 2690 York Rd.

Story by Jonathon Ambarian, MTN News