Cause of Mount Helena fire remains under investigation

Phil Drake

The cause of Sunday’s fire on Mount Helena Park remains under investigation, the city’s fire chief said Monday.

Helena Fire Chief Jon Campbell said the fire has not grown beyond its 18 acres reported Sunday. He said there is a good suppression line around it from hand crews and slurry bombers. He said there would be “eyes on it” for several days to come.

Campbell said the trails around Mount Helena will remain closed for at least 24 hours. He said the decision to reopen them would ultimately come from the parks department.

City spokesman Jacob Garcin said Mount Helena Park will likely reopen Tuesday.

Brad Langsather, open lands manager, said the fire should not have an impact on recreation once the park reopens. He estimated about a quarter mile of the 20 miles of trails on Mount Helena were directly impacted by the fire. There will be a few trees that will need to be removed, but nothing presents a safety concern.

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