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Lightning sparks new fires in the Helena area

Kelly Gulch Fire 100% contained
Posted: 12:35 PM, Aug 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-01 14:35:13-04
Lightning sparks new fires in the Helena area

The Montana DNRC reports at least a half a dozen new fires from lightning and storms Wednesday.

According to a news release, the first reports came in around 8:30 p.m. DNRC firefighters will be investigating the fire starts throughout the day on Thursday. Officials have put additional resources on standby to respond to any fires that flare up throughout the day.

A fixed wing aircraft will also patrol the Helena area for fires on Thursday.

The DNRC also reports that the Kelly Gulch Fire is 100 percent contained. That fire started on Tuesday afternoon and burned about 15 acres between Clancy Creek and Lump Gulch.

Firefighters hope to have mop up operations completed by the end of the day