Wildfire reported on Lincoln Ranger District northwest of Helena


Fire personnel are battling a new wildfire discovered around 3 p.m. Tuesday on the west end of the Lincoln Ranger District in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

The National Forest reported on social media that the Arrastra fire northwest of Helena was estimated to be at 15 acres as of Tuesday evening. 

“Aerial resources had a strong response earlier this afternoon and have the fire boxed in by retardant and ground crews have been successful establishing a hose lay around the fire,” the Forest Service reported Tuesday. “Tomorrow two helicopters will continue to drop water over the fire to try and suppress this new start.”

A red flag warning will be in effect Wednesday, when wind speeds of 20-30 mph are expected. 

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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“The fire is highly visible from Highway 200,” the Forest Service said. “Please avoid the area if possible to make space for fire personnel responding.”

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Lolo National Forest, Helmville Volunteer Fire Department, Ovando Volunteer Fire Department, Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department and Lincoln Ranger District are among the agencies

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