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Monument Fire

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Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725

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Monument and Wigwam Fires Final Update

Current Numbers:

  • Monument fire: 6,614 acres, 56% contained.

  • Wigwam fire: 4,087 acres, 100% contained.

  • Assigned resources: Fire Engine 1; Total Fire personnel: 5

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has completed their assessment of the burn severity of these fires & fire officials are preparing to work on the recommendations regarding erosion control, road maintenance & removal of hazard trees. Local crews continue to monitor and patrol the fire areas and take action on where conditions are safe. Smoke from interior burning will continue to show on the fires until they receive significant rain and snow.

Road closures have been lifted, however, people traveling in the fire area need to use caution as there are fire personnel working in these areas and there is still active fire and many fire weakened trees within the interior.

Archery hunting season has opened and it is recommended hunters carry a saw with them as they travel roads and trails due to fire weakened trees that may block trails and roads.

Additional Information:

Bears: There have been multiple black bear and grizzly bear sightings in the area, visitors are advised to take precautions by storing all attractants appropriately and to carry bear spray.

Fire Weather Forecast: After a cool start to the day, expect a warm and dry day across western Montana. A Canadian cold front will bring breezy easterly winds late this evening and early Wednesday, mainly to the Flathead NF. Some light easterly winds could make it as far south as the East Lolo NF. A weak mid-level circulation will bring increasing chances for light rain to the East Lolo, Bitterroot, and Beaverhead/Deerlodge NFs Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning. Widespread rainfall amounts of a tenth of an inch, up to one quarter inch of rainfall is possible, especially in the mountains of the Pintler’ s and the northern half of the Beaverhead/Deerlodge NF.

Prevention: During this time of high fire danger, people are reminded to be careful with all fires; be sure to extinguish campfires completely and to keep motorized vehicles on roads and trails.

Fire Activity and Smoke: Currently, there are 20 uncontained large fires in the nation. You can find information about these fires on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov. Further information on smoke can be found from the MT Department of Environmental Quality’s web page at http://bit.ly/wildfiresmokereport.

Preparedness Level: The nation is currently at a Planning Level Four (PL3). PL3 indicates mobilization of resources nationally is required to sustain incident management operations in active Geographic Areas (GA's). The Northern Rockies Geographic Area (MT, Northern ID, and North Dakota) and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest are currently at a Preparedness Level 2 (PL2) which means resources within most geographic areas are adequate to manage the current situation, with light to moderate mobilization of resources occurring through the National Interagency Coordination Center.

For information about these fires contact the Madison Ranger District at (406) 682-4253.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday August 06th, 2018 approx. 04:30 AM
LocationApproximately 18 Miles SW of Ennis, MT in the Gravelly Mountains
Incident DescriptionWildfire Fire
Coordinates44.968 latitude, -111.851 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size6,614 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained56%