Unsheltered camp relocates onto U.S. Forest Service land south of Helena

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Monday the encampment of about 30 unsheltered people south of Helena was relocated from private property onto U.S. Forest Service land.

“They moved the required amount. They picked up and moved about 200 yards,” Dutton said in an interview Monday.

He said the group, including its leader, a man named Rad, were respectful and relocated without incident. Because they vacated the property within the sheriff’s time frame, he said no citations were issued.

Leo Dutton

Prior to the relocation, a portion of the camp was determined to be on private property and Dutton approached them last week and gave them three days to move.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Chiara Cipriano said the Forest Service is aware of the situation. The group of unsheltered people now has 16 days from Saturday before having to vacate Forest Service land. 

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