UPDATE 4:30 p.m.
Helena Fire Chief Mark Emert says fire fighters will remian on scene until the debris pile that caught fire can be dismantled and all hot spots are extinguished.
Emert adds that the Deprartment of Environmental Quality was called in to monitor air and water runoff from the fire. The fire burned various materials including metals and plastics.
Off duty fire personnel were also called into ensure proper coverage should another emergency occur.
UPDATE: 3:00 p.m.
Helena Fire Chief Mark Emert said the fire has been contained. Flames consumed vehicles, tires and metal that were in the a scrap yard. Emert said no one was injured by the fire or in the firefighting efforts.
“The crews did a wonderful job. They responded from each station and arrived on the scene in less than five minutes… everybody is doing a good job,” Emert said.
Crews are continuing to investigate how the fire started.
HELENA-Fire fighters are responding to a large fire near downtown Helena.
The fire broke out just before 1:30 p.m. at Pacific Steel on National Ave.
The huge plume of black smoke could be seen across much of the area.
Fire teams from Helena, West Valley, Lewis and Clark Volunteer Fire and Montana City were among the teams fighting the blaze.
Lewis and Clark Co. Emergency Management has asked people to avoid the area while fire crews engage the fire.
MTN has a team on scene and will update you when we know more.