Fire crews respond to multiple fires near Helena

Posted at 12:01 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 12:47:23-04

Two Helena families are back in their homes tonight after being evacuated for a small wildland fire burning near Birdseye Road on Wednesday.

The fire is now in the mop up stage, but just after 11:30 a.m., firefighters from multiple departments responded to the fire -- including Birdseye, West Valley, Canyon Creek and the US Forest Service. A DNRC helicopter also dropped water on the fire.

One man living on Hidden Valley Drive said he rushed home when his daughters told him there was a fire on their street.

"It's amazing to see response what response from people that come out so thankful for volunteer people. One of the guys was our neighbor, and we have a good volunteer fire department in this area so very thankful that they are able to jump on it and get it out," Tim Synness said.

The Birdseye fire chief said they don't know yet what caused the fire.


(9.4.19 report)

Firefighters responded to multiple small fires in the Birdseye area west of Helena on Wednesday afternoon.

The fires broke out in the area of Birdseye Rd and Hidden Valley Dr. around 11:30 a.m.

Firefighters from multiple departments are on scene, including Birdseye, West Valley, Canyon Creek and the U.S. Forest Service.

A DNRC helicopter is dropping water on the fire.

There is no estimate on how many acres the fires have burned or exactly how may fires have been ignited.

According to the Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff's Office around three people and a few pets have evacuated as a precaution.