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DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
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Our goal is to maintain pilot proficiency and provide mission-capable aircraft to support departmental missions efficiently and safely. The Aviation Section operates and maintains a fleet of nine aircraft.  The fleet consists of six helicopters and three fixed-wing aircraft.

  • Three fixed wing Cessna 180 aircraft are used primarily for fire patrol/detection and personnel transportation. They are located in Helena, Missoula and Kalispell.
  • Four Bell UH-1H (Huey) type 2 MT 205 helicopters are used to support DNRC initial attack fire suppression program. The helicopters are located in Billings, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula to provide initial attack and extended attack fire suppression support.
  • Two light Bell 206 B-III type 3 helicopters are stationed in Helena. These helicopters are used for other missions such as recconnaissance, command and control or as a backup aircraft for additional coverage.


The UH1H (Huey) helicopters are Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP).  DNRC maintains a aircraft maintenance facility on the Helena Airport site where these former military helicopters are developed, modified  and maintained. During fire season, these helicopters typically carry a bucket, long line, and come with a fuel tender support truck for refueling and supplies. 


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Fire Protection Contacts

Fire FAX:406-542-4242

Bureau Chief   
Fire Protection     406-542-4223

Deputy Chief    
Operations         406-542-4220

Planning & Intel 
Fire Protection    406-865-0556

Westside Incident    
Business Specialist   406-751-2245

Eastside Incident       
Business Specialist    406-535-1902




2705 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: (406) 542-4300
Fax: (406) 542-4217