Wildfire on Mount Helena burns 18 acres Sunday

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A wildfire Sunday afternoon on Mount Helena burned about 18 acres, with officials saying firefighting efforts were hampered by a drone flying overhead.

Helena Fire Chief Jon Campbell said about 4:30 p.m. that fire crews were transitioning to mop up and will remain on-site throughout the night. He said weather remained the wild card, especially if the winds pick up.

A cause of the fire, reported about noon, is under investigation, officials said.

“The previous fuel mitigation projects that have gone on in this area have been big in being able to contain this fire,” said HFD Capt. Vince Williams. ” … Four or five or six years ago, this thing would have been raging.”

Firefighters responded to a wildfire Sunday afternoon on Mount Helena.

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The fire started just south of a neighborhood on Helena’s Westside. Officials said it was burning through grassland before getting into timber. Campbell said the initial access point for firefighters was Henderson Street and LeGrande Cannon Boulevard.

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