Jun 25, 2012 9:21 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Evacuations are underway in the Scratch Gravel Hills areas northwest of Helena due to a large and fast-moving wildlfire.
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says more than 200 homes have been evacuated as of 6:15 pm.
The fire is in the area of Treasure Canyon Drive and Tumbleweed Drive.
Sheriff Dutton says they are evacuating many homes in the Scratch Gravel Hills from Franklin Mine Road to John G Mine Road including Tumbleweed Drive and Treasure Canyon Drive.
Officials say that heavy traffic is impeding fire response vehicles and personnel, and ask that people avoid the area and all fire operations.
Green Meadow Road is closed from Lincoln Road to Custer Avenue. Head Lane is closed. The Hillsborough and Field Crest subdivisions have been evacuated.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for evacuees at the First Assembly of God Church, 2210 Dodge Avenue.
Evacuees who have no other arrangements for pets or livestock may contact Total Dynamics Veterinary Clinic, 4880 Montana Ave., 442-0188. Press 1 to reach the emergency veterinarian on call.
In addition to fire crews from in and around Helena, the MT Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Spokesperson is also responding with a helicopter to the area of Corral Road and Head Lane.
Photo below shared by Timothy Mielke & Michael Anthony, taken from Scratch Gravel Road and Field Cross Lane; they say that Norris Road West and John G. Mine Road to trailer park area is on fire. Approximately 4-5 blocks from Green Meadow Drive.
We will update you as we learn more.