Wildland fire sparks east of East Helena, homes evacuated

Nolan Lister

Rural volunteer fire departments responded to a first alarm wildland fire near a subdivision off U.S. Highway 12 east of Helena Thursday afternoon, which prompted the evacuation of some homes.

Spokane creek. Canyon ferry. Fire in wheat field. High winds. This one could get ugly. pic.twitter.com/acGPofn8k0

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The blaze, known as the Matt Staff Road fire, was 1,900 acres in size as of 8:30 p.m., according to a posting on the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. It was threatening structures in the area of Spokane Creek and Matt Staff roads. The cause of the fire was under investigation, said John Huston, program manager of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Forestry Division.

There were no structures lost or no injuries reported as of 8 p.m., he said.

The sheriff’s office posted at 9:30 p.m. that the “Fire is laying down for the night. Fire personnel are still on scene and active.”

They thanked the public for their patience and thanked all the responders from other agencies and neighboring counties.

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