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Wigwam Fire

Unit Information

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

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Current Numbers:

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

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

Assigned resources: Fire Engine 1; Total Fire personnel: 10

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been assembled and is currently assessing the burn severity of these fires. The team will make recommendations and develop a plan for future rehabilitation needs in the burn areas to include erosion control, road maintenance, and removal of hazard trees.

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.

Smoke from interior burning will continue to show on the fires with the warm and dry weather until the fires receive significant rain and snow. Local crews will continue to monitor and patrol the fire areas.

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: Very warm temperatures and low humidity are expected today through Friday with high pressure in place. Isolated showers and thunderstorms remain possible this evening into Thursday morning across
the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Bitterroot National Forests. Mostly dry conditions prevail for the weekend but a mostly dry cold front will cause a bit cooler temperatures, and westerly winds. Increased chances for rain have been added for a cold front on Tuesday.

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 restrictions are not in effect on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, however, people are encouraged to keep informed of other area restrictions by going online to https://firerestrictions.us.

Fire Activity and Smoke: Currently, there are 39 uncontained large fires in the nation. You can find information about these fires on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

Preparedness Level: The nation is currently at a Planning Level Four (PL4). PL4 indicates shared resources are heavily committed. National mobilization trends affect all Geographic Areas (GA's) and regularly occur over larger and longer distances. National priorities govern resources of all types. Heavy demand on inactive/low activity GA's with low levels of activity for available resources. The Northern Rockies Geographic Area (MT, Northern ID, and North Dakota) and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is at a Planning Level Three (PL3). PL3 indicates mobilization of resources nationally is required to sustain incident management operations in active Geographic Areas (GA's).

For updates on wildfires and other activities across the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Salmon-Challis National Forests, follow their Facebook pages. For information, contact the Wisdom Ranger District at (406) 689-3243, the Dillon Ranger District at (406) 683-3900, or the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District at (208) 756-5200.

To find out more about the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest go online to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/US-Forest-Service-Beaverhead-Deerlodge-National-Forest-1540138089548920, and ‘Follow Us’ on our Twitter page at https://twitter.com/BvrhdDrldgeNF for further information.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginSaturday August 11th, 2018 approx. 04:00 PM
Incident CommanderRandy Gilbert
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire
Coordinates45.153 latitude, -111.931 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel23
Size4,087 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%