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Man arrested in connection with area wildfires

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A man is in custody for starting several fires in the area in recent days.

18 year old Frederick J. Maw V, was arrested and is facing felony arson.  Authorities say Maw was arrested in connection with several fires including the one on Priest Pass, Spokane Hills and the complex of fires near York today.  All of the fires are still under investigation.

Kathy Bushnell with the Helena National Forest says there are 5 fires burning in a complex officials are calling the Sweats Gulch Complex.  The first fire, Hunter Gulch is more than 100 acres and 40% contained.  It's still actively burning and fire officials are using a helicopter to aid ground crews.  The second fire, Sweats Gulch, is 200 acres and is actively burning with some isolated torching of the trees.  The third fire is an unnamed spot fire and is contained.  The fourth, Kelly Gulch, is a group of 5 small fires ranging from 1 to 3 acres in size.  The 3 acre fires are both 50% contained.  And the fifth fire, Cottontail Fire, is 1 acre and close to being contained.

Bushnell says crews will remain on scene into the night, and will continue suppression and mop up efforts tomorrow.  About 160 people are assigned to the complex.  Additional resources will be brought in for tomorrow's suppression efforts.  No structures are threatened and there have been no evacuations or injuries.


Story by Aniseh Hamour, Beartooth NBC.
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DNRC, Sheriff Leo Dutton, Kathy Bushnell, Helena National Forest, Fire Department, Priest Pass, Spokane Hills, York Road Fire, Nelson Road, York area, Frederick J. Maw

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