Monument and Wigwam Fire Updates for August 13, 2018

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick

Monument Fire - The lightning caused Monument Fire was detected on August 6, 2018. Infrared mapping last evening more accurately mapped the fires perimeter at 4215 acres.   Suppression activities today include identifying indirect line locations and checking the progress with helicopter bucket drops and retardant.  The fire is burning in whitebark pine and sub-alpine fir, with approximately 70% mortality, at an elevation of 9,000 feet.

Wigwam Fire - The lightning caused Wigwam Fire was detected on August 11, 2018.  Infrared mapping last evening more accurately mapped the fires perimeter at 1.969 acres. It is located in the Wigwam drainage.  Fire suppression activities today will continue to check the fires progress towards the Haypress subdivision with bucket drops and retardant.  Engine crews will continue structure protection and assist in evacuations if necessary.     

A Unified Command of Forest Service and Madison County has been established to manage both fires. Resources currently assigned include 13 engines, 5 water tenders, strike team of heavy equipment and 78 firefighters.  A Type 3 light helicopter has been assigned to the fire and a Type 1 (Heavy) is doing bucket work.  The Type 3 Incident Management Team currently assigned to the fire will be transitioning later this week with a Type 2 IMT.     

Evacuations –Haypress Lakes subdivision was evacuated August 12.  The Ennis High School has been established as a Red Cross evacuation center.  There is currently an Evacuation Order for the Haypress Lakes road and Boiler springs from the Y (in the road) to the west (BLM).  There is also an Evacuation Warning from the Y (in the road) southeast to the Shining Mt. Subdivision. 

Closures - The Johnny Ridge and Gravelly Range roads are closed through to Black Butte.  A larger area closure has been identified and will be implemented in the near future to protect public safety.   

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

Fire Activity and Smoke: Currently, there are 57 uncontained large fires in the nation, which are filtering smoke into the valleys of Montana.  You can find information about these fires on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.govFurther information on smoke can be found from the MT Department of Environmental Quality’s web page at

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