Helena man cited in Grizzly Gulch fire

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Fire crews were quickly on the scene of a wildfire reported on Grizzly Gulch Thursday morning.

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A 31-year-old Helena man has been cited for negligent arson in connection with the Grizzly Gulch fire that burned several acres just outside of town, authorities said Friday.

Justin Nathaniel Norine was cited with the misdemeanor and could face a $500 fine, six months in jail or both, Lewis and Clark County sheriff’s Capt. Shane Hildenstab said.

He said Norine must appear in justice court before July 30. He was cited and released Thursday.

Efforts to reach Norine on Friday were unsuccessful.

Hildenstab said Norine is believed to have flicked a cigarette butt into some dry brush early Thursday on Grizzly Gulch. Hildenstab said Norine did not intend to start a fire.

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Hildenstab said he could have been charged with a felony had he had caused someone bodily harm. If that were the case, the offender could have

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