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Lightning sparks more fires near Helena and Clancy

Posted at 4:12 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 19:45:20-04
Lightning-sparked fire near Clancy
Lightning-sparked fire near Clancy

HELENA – According to Kathy Bushnell, Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest spokesperson, four fires have been sparked after thunderstorms moved through the area on Tuesday.

The fires were caused by lightning in the Helena area.

The fires are:

  • Owl Gulch Fire, near York: Reported at two acres; firefighters and an engine are on scene. There is “moderate” fire activity.
  • Devil’s Tower Fire, near Owl Gulch, reported at five acres with “active” fire activity. There are two tankers being utilized to slow the spread of fire.
  • Two fires in the Clancy area, firefighters are responding. There is no word yet on the size.

We will update you as more information becomes available.

On Tuesday morning, the Lewis & Clark County Commission officially declared an emergency in response to the North Hills Fire.  It has now burned more than 4,600 acres north of Helena. According to Inciweb, more than 350 firefighters and support personnel have been assigned to the fire. Click here for more information.

  • Evelyn Schultz reporting for MTN