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3 fires within 6 days at Nature Park in Helena

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Three fires within the last six days at Nature Park in Helena have officials concerned and investigating.

The most recent fire burned about half an acre at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Other fires have been reported on July 7th and 8th.

The Helena Interagency Fire Investigation Team was at the scene on Wednesday and Thursday looking for a cause.

HIFIT includes Helena firefighters, Helena police, Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s deputies, along with members of the U.S. Forest Service and the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation.

Investigators say Wednesday’s fire was human-caused. They are not commenting on what specifically sparked the fire

All three incidents are listed as being "under investigation."

Nature Park is located in the center of Helena, at the edge of the Bill Roberts Golf Course.

With hot temperatures, low humidity, and dry fuels, the chance of someone getting hurt in a fire increases each day.

"The potential for somebody to get run over by one of these things or get caught in them is there, and we don’t want that to happen,” says Helena Deputy Fire Marshal Lou Antonick.

“We’re really working hard on the investigation side and to figure out how it happened and where it happened and stop it from happening again," he noted.

Antonick says investigators have received a great deal of good information from the public, particularly people who live in the area.

However, Antonick says they can always use more information.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Helena Crime Stoppers at 443-2000 or Helena Fire at 447-8472.

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