Friday, July 28, 2000
Hot charcoal dumped from a barbecue sparked massive wildfires. Two of which threatened Helena, the state capitol, prompting several hundred families to evacuate. Over 24,000 acres and 36 homes and buildings had been burned by the second day of the blaze. Nearly 1,000 firefighters arrived to tackle the wildfires, supported by seven helicopters, two water tank-equipped planes, and 30 firetrucks. But four days after the fires began firefighters were still battling a fire that had burned almost 50,000 acres.

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Montana State Government

Montana Office of Disaster and Emergency Services
(406) 324-4777


Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting

Governor’s Office of Community Service
1301 E. Lockey
Helena, MT 59601
P.O. Box 200801
Helena MT 59604
(406) 841-3947
Montana State Citizen Corps Council


Last Updated: 08/20/2019