Megan Michelotti Editor’s note
This story is part of a 10-part series on the biggest local stories of 2022.
It was a Sunday in August with few clouds in sight when people started to notice smoke rising over a Westside Helena neighborhood around noon.
Over the next four hours, the Aug. 28 wildfire on Mount Helena ended up burning a total of 18 acres. Firefighters then transitioned to mopping up and watching the site throughout the night. No evacuation notices were issued.
The initial access point for firefighters was near Henderson Street and LeGrande Cannon Boulevard. The fire was managed through the Helena Fire Department and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). Other agencies that helped with the fire were Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, West Valley Fire, East Valley Fire, Montana City Fire, Lewis and Clark County Emergency Management and the Helena Police Department.
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A tanker drops retardant on a wildfire Aug. 28 on Mount