Fire reported Monday northwest of Helena near Helmville

Phil Drake

A fire started Monday morning northwest of Helena about 12 miles southwest of Helmville, officials said, adding it was posing access issues.

The Murray fire, named after nearby Murray Creek, was reported at 6:53 a.m. and by 5 p.m. it had burned 75 acres, according to mtfireinfo.org. There was no containment reported and the cause of the blaze hasn’t been determined.

“… it’s burning pretty good,” Lincoln Volunteer Fire Rescue posted on its Facebook page. “It’s in some rough country and there will be a lot of aircraft on it as it’s not accessible by fire rigs. It will be quite visible.”

Wyatt Frampton, a fire information officer with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, said 10 smokejumpers were at the scene and ground units were mobilizing. He said the fire was in a steep area that had limited access and initial firefighting was by helicopters and large air tankers. 

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Frampton said the fire was on Bureau of Land Management property and under the protection of the DNRC. He said the fire was under the command of the DNRC.

As of Monday night there were

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