Wildland blaze sparks near White Sandy Campground

Nolan Lister

A wildfire that started Thursday afternoon between Lake Helena and White Sandy Campground on Lake Hauser has burned an estimated 20 acres so far. 

The fire started about 40 yards from a structure in the area of 3525 Overland Road.

Tri-Lakes Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched shortly after 1 p.m.

At about 1:20 p.m., dispatch called for mutual aid on behalf of Tri-Lakes from the volunteer fire departments of East Gate, East Valley and York.

A Tri-Lakes firefighter reported the blaze as “slow moving” to the west.

The responding agency requested the Overland Road intersections with Timber Trail Drive and Hauser Dam Road be shut down to traffic at about 1:40 p.m.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said in a text message Thursday residents in the immediate area were being evacuated.

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As of 2:30 p.m., all residents east of 3485 Overland Road, all of Audubon and Timber Trail roads, and the areas north of Overland, Hauser and Country Side roads were asked to evacuate. Those roads are closed to all civilian traffic.

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