Posted: May 15, 2013 8:08 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Updated: May 15, 2013 8:17 PM
HELENA - One person is in custody in connection with the fires that are burning northeast of Helena.
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton has not yet released the person's name or indicated what charges the person may be facing.
The five fires sparked mid-day on Wednesday. Crews are still trying to get a handle on them.
Helena National Forest spokeswoman Kathy Bushnell says the fires range in size from one acre to 100 acres. As of Wednesday afternoon, all are actively burning.
All five of the fires are scattered along both sides of Nelson Road.
Earlier in the day, Dutton said that his office was investigating the cause of the fires. Fire officials on scene referred to them as "highly suspicious."
Crews closed down Nelson Road temporarily to interview all passengers coming in and out of the area.
At this time, no injuries have been reported, no structures are threatened and no evacuations are ordered.
Approximately 100 people are assigned to the fire, including state, county and volunteer fire resources. There are also two Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation helicopters assisting in fire suppression efforts.
We will update as we learn more.