The Corral fire rushes toward Green Meadow Drive in June of 2012. More than 30 people may have to divide $1.3 million in insurance proceeds related to the fire.
HELENA — A Scratchgravel Hills landowner has filed a lawsuit against a nearby neighbor for starting the Corral fire, which burned 1,863 acres of public and private land in the Helena area and destroyed four homes between June 26 and July 2 last summer.
From the air, the fire mitigation done by homeowners at the end of Corral Road can be seen behind the first three houses on the left. The fire’s point of origin is on the top right.
SCRATCHGRAVEL HILLS — A few years ago, dead ponderosa pines covered the mountainsides of Scratchgravel Hills because of the mountain pine beetle epidemic that raced through the area.
Joe Norris waits with his dog, Willie ,at the corner of Head Lane and Franklin Mine Road to return to his Corral Road home. On Thursday, authorities allowed residents back home, without an escort, for the first time since the fire started on Monday afternoon.
HELENA -- The last evacuation orders from the Corral fire were lifted, and evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes at mid-day Thursday.
HELENA - The last evacuation orders from the Corral fire were lifted and evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes at mid-day Thursday. But, officials were quick to say they may have to leave again if the weather turns.
HELENA - Officials say the Corral fire, which was sparked by a reignited controlled burn, is about 35 percent contained. The area charred remained steady Wednesday at 1,851 acres in the Scratchgravel Hills.
A plume of smoke billows above Helena Monday evening, afer a fire erupted in the Scratch Gravel Mountains.
A resident on Sharptail Lane uses a garden hose to help extinguish logs and yard debris after a fire swept through his property Monday.
Three helicopters were on hand to assist in the fight against the Corral Fire. The fire started on Sharptail Lane and had burned 700 acres by 11 p.m. Monday.
More evacuations are being ordered due to heavy winds and increased activity with the Corral Fire in the Scratchgravel Hills northwest of Helena. Officials remind all those not involved in firefigthing to stay away from the fire, and all roads in the area.
West Valley Fire Department personnel move in as residents make the slow move down John G. Mine Road with a horse Monday afternoon.
HELENA - A wildfire erupted in the Scratchgravel Hills northwest of Helena, sending a plume of black smoke skyward and prompting the evacuation of about 200 homes Monday.