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Responders say two small fires near Helena are under control

Updated Friday, 7/22, at 8:14 a.m.

Two small fires that broke out northeast of Helena Thursday afternoon have been brought under control.

The Black Sandy Fire was first reported to dispatch just after 1 p.m. The Lewis and Clarke County Sheriff's office said 30 homes in the area were evacuated; most evacuation orders have since been lifted.

The fire burned about 8 acres. The Tri-Lakes Volunteer Fire Department said late Thursday that as it was mopping up the fire off of Overland Road, another small fire broke out nearby, "burning an outbuilding and starting several spot in a field."

The cause of the fire is still unknown.