Fire Updates 2018

The Town of Ennis and the Ennis Police Department would like to extend their thanks to Southern California Incident Management Team 3 (SoCal Team 3) and Incident Commander Mike Wakoski. During the Wigwam and Monument fires SoCal Team 3 performed their jobs professionally and became part of the community. Through teamwork with the local responders, they protected the resources of the area. We wish to thank everyone from SoCal Team 3, including their mascot MOO MOO, and wish them the best as they return to their lives and jobs. Thank you for visiting, we wish it was under better circumstances.

DAILY FIRE UPDATE for MONUMENT and WIGWAM FIRES, August 25, 2018

FINAL DAILY UPDATE

Monument Fire: 6,614 acres, 32% contained, Crews 3, Engines 7, Total Fire Personnel 206
Wigwam Fire: 4,087 acres, 98% contained, Crews 2, Engines 4, Dozers 1, Total Personnel 79
Helicopters utilized for both fires 3, Injuries 0, Structures Damaged or Destroyed – none

Today’s Daily Fire Update for Monument and Wigwam Fires is the last one that will be published. The Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT) would like to thank the town of Ennis and the surrounding communities for your hospitality, support and understanding. We will all remember the Madison Valley and Gravelly Mountains and the people who make them special.

A local Type 3 team will transition with the SCIIMT Sunday and assume management of the fires on Monday August 27, at 7 A.M. Fire resources are being reassigned or going home. There will be an adequate number of fire resources continuing to work with the incoming Type 3 Team. The Incident Command post with tents and support facilities, will be removed from the Ennis fairgrounds on Sunday. Thank you for sharing your community with us. Fire personnel from multiple states including California, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and elsewhere have responded to Ennis, Montana for the Monument and Wigwam Fires. At the peak of firefighting, total firefighters in one day was 335 on August 22. Previous large fires in the Valley were the Eureka Fire in 2013 at 6,461 acres and the Blue Lake Fire in 2016 at 1,100 ac. In their own time, the Eureka and Blue Lake Fires received as much attention as the Wigwam and Monument. In their own time these two fires were large for the area, and received as much attention as the two that continue to burn today in the Gravelly Range. It is noteworthy, however, that when considered together the Monument and Wigwam fires have consumed over 10,000 acres of forest in the Beaverhead- Deerlodge National Forest and cover an area that dwarfs any other recent fire on the map.

The Wigwam and the Monument Fire are both in a condition that can be managed with a smaller organization. Fire personnel will continue to be present on the fires patrolling their perimeters, mopping up, and repairing firelines to prevent erosion.

Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest apply to campfires and smoking. See full restrictions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices/?aid=48488

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in effect over the Monument and Wigwam Fires.

Change in Road and Forest Closures. See https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd593430.pdf

Area Closures: closures by multiple agencies including United States Forest Service are in effect for the Gravelly Range Mountains. Posted on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

Madison County: www.madisoncountymt.gov; Madison County Sheriff, Madison County Emergency Services http://madisoncountymt.gov/176/Emergency-Management-Fire-Warden; City of Ennis: www.ennismontana.org

Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Montana DNRC http://dnrc.mt.gov/, Madison Valley Rural Fire District www.mvrfd.org , Madison County Sheriff http://madisoncountymt.gov/154/Sheriffs-Office, Montana DOT https://www.mdt.mt.gov/ , Ennis Police Department http://www.ennismontana.org/departments/police-department/,
City of Ennis http://www.ennismontana.org/, Shining Mountains Water Board.

 

DAILY FIRE UPDATE for MONUMENT and WIGWAM FIRES, August 24, 2018

Monument Fire: 6,614 acres, 32% contained, Crews 3, Engines 6, Water Tenders 1, Total Fire Personnel 206
Wigwam Fire: 4,087 acres, 98% contained, Crews 2, Engines 7, Dozers 2, Water Tenders 2, Total Personnel 93
Helicopters utilized for both fires 3, Injuries 0, Structures Damaged or Destroyed – none

With the warmer and dryer weather, some isolated smokes appeared in both fire areas. Most were interior. Several near containment lines were extinguished by crews. Crews finished preparation of Johnny Ridge Road on the north side of Monument Fire for firing operations and completed contingency lines on the east side. On Wigwam Fire, line construction is completed and crews are patrolling the fire perimeter.

Winds will be southwest to west 10-25 mph with gusts 35 mph, temperatures 71-82, relative humidity 19-24. There is a slight chance of dry thunderstorms later in the afternoon. The warm, dry and windy trend will continue through the weekend. Monday a significant weather change is expected with a cold front moving through the area bringing colder air and wetting rains.

Resource Advisors (natural resources and cultural sites specialists) are advising crews on repair work needed to mitigate impacts from ground disturbance as a result of fire suppression actions. Crews are backhauling all fire equipment and trash from all areas used and impacted by fire suppression actions.

The last Daily Fire Update for Monument and Wigwam Fires will be tomorrow, Saturday, August 25.

The fires are south and west of Ennis, MT within the Gravelly Range Mountains at 9,000-foot elevation range. Whitebark pine and sub-alpine fir, with approximately 70% standing dead timber from bug kill and other natural conditions, characterize the fire areas. Southern California Incident Management Team 3 has been managing both fires for full suppression to limit fire spread and protect structures and other public and private values at risk. Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority during fire suppression.

Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest apply to campfires and smoking. See full restrictions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices/?aid=48488

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in effect over the Monument and Wigwam Fires.

Be aware of additional vehicles on roads from fire equipment and school traffic. School is now in session.

All evacuations have been lifted. Road and Forest Closures remain in effect. See full restrictions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd591726.pdf

Area Closures: closures by multiple agencies including United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are in effect for the Gravelly Range Mountains. Posted on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

Madison County: www.madisoncountymt.gov; Madison County Sheriff, Madison County Emergency Services http://madisoncountymt.gov/176/Emergency-Management-Fire-Warden; City of Ennis: www.ennismontana.org

Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Montana DNRC http://dnrc.mt.gov/, Madison Valley Rural Fire District www.mvrfd.org , Madison County Sheriff http://madisoncountymt.gov/154/Sheriffs-Office, Montana DOT https://www.mdt.mt.gov/ , Ennis Police Department http://www.ennismontana.org/departments/police-department/, City of Ennis http://www.ennismontana.org/, Shining Mountains Water Board.

 

DAILY FIRE UPDATE for MONUMENT and WIGWAM FIRES, August 23, 2018

Monument Fire: 6,614 acres, 32% contained, Crews 1, Engines 3, Water Tenders 1, Total Fire Personnel 163 Wigwam Fire: 4,087 acres, 87% contained, Crews 4, Engines 10, Dozers 3, Water Tenders 2, Total Personnel 136 Helicopters utilized for both fires 2, Injuries 0, Structures Damaged or Destroyed – none

Heat remained in heavy dead fuels, stump holes and duff caused increased isolated smoldering and creeping in timber within the interior of both fires. Today’s Infra-Red (IR) maps show scattered and isolated heat in many areas of both fires, including uncontained portions of the fire’s edge.

Minimal fire behavior was observed on the Monument and Wigwam Fires which is allowing crews to go direct and indirect along the fires edge in many areas. The crews on Wigwam Fire continue to secure the fires edge, mop up (extinguish heat sources with water and or soil) and patrol the perimeter. The fire is contained on the west side of the Monument Fire. On the east side, crews are constructing and preparing indirect line from Fossil Ridge to Ruby Creek Road. On the north side, the Johnny Ridge Road is being prepared for firing operations when weather permits. Crews attached to the Monument and Wigwam Fires are prepared to respond to Initial Attack (IA) if new fires should start in the area

Resource Advisors (natural resources and cultural sites specialists) are advising crews on repair work needed to mitigate impacts from ground disturbance as a result of fire suppression actions. Crews are backhauling all fire equipment and trash from all areas used and impacted by fire suppression actions.

Thursday’s weather will be sunny, warmer and drier. Southwest winds will increase on the ridges to 10-20 mph. Temperatures will warm into the 70’s and lower 80’s. Relative humidity’s of 18-25% are expected. Weather conditions are expected to become even warmer and dryer over the weekend.

The fires are south and west of Ennis, MT in the 9,000-foot elevation range, within the rough mountainous terrain of the Gravelly Range Mountains. They are burning in whitebark pine and sub-alpine fir, with approximately 70% standing dead timber from bug kill and other natural conditions. Southern California Incident Management Team 3 is managing both fires for full suppression to limit fire spread and protect structures and other public and private values at risk. Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority during fire suppression.

Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest apply to campfires and smoking. See full restrictions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices/?aid=48488

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in effect over the Monument and Wigwam Fires.

Be aware of additional vehicles on roads from fire equipment and school traffic. School is now in session.

All evacuations have been lifted. Road and Forest Closures remain in effect. See full restrictions at  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd591726.pdf

Area Closures: closures by multiple agencies including United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are in effect for the Gravelly Range Mountains. Posted on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

Madison County: www.madisoncountymt.gov; Madison County Sheriff, Madison County Emergency Services http://madisoncountymt.gov/176/Emergency-Management-Fire-Warden; City of Ennis: www.ennismontana.org Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Montana DNRC http://dnrc.mt.gov/, Madison Valley Rural Fire District www.mvrfd.org , Madison County Sheriff http://madisoncountymt.gov/154/Sheriffs-Office, Montana DOT https://www.mdt.mt.gov/ , Ennis Police Department http://www.ennismontana.org/departments/police-department/,
City of Ennis http://www.ennismontana.org/, Shining Mountains Water Board.

 

DAILY FIRE UPDATE for MONUMENT and WIGWAM FIRES, August 22, 2018

Monument Fire: 6,613 acres, 13% contained, Crews 2, Engines 3, Water Tenders 2, Total Fire Personnel 178
Wigwam Fire: 4,191 acres, 75% contained, Crews 4, Engines 18, Dozers 3, Water Tenders 2, Total Personnel 157
Helicopters utilized for both fires 2, Injuries 0, Structures Damaged or Destroyed – none

The Monument and Wigwam Fires are smoldering in timber and exhibiting minimal fire behavior as a result of cloudy and cool conditions. Acreage remains the same with no growth on the fires in the past 3 days.

Fire fighters continue to use a combination of direct and indirect tactics as they work toward full containment on both fires. The structure protection group is working east of Monument Fire. Firefighters are preparing the Johnny Ridge Road for burnout operations when weather permits, on the north end of Monument Fire. Crews will begin suppression repair on firelines for both fires. There was no night shift last night.

Crews will continue to mop up, monitor and improve firelines, and evaluate suppression repair needs for both fires. Fire suppression actions (dozer and handlines constructed to contain the fire) are restored by fire crews to prevent erosion.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) exists over the Monument and Wigwam Fires. Drones and aircraft are restricted from flying within the TFR unless authorized. An approved drone will fly the Monument Fire, operated by a licensed pilot. The purpose will be to assist in planning for firefighting and line construction opportunities by taking photos and video in the rugged Gravelly Range Mountains terrain.

Fire behavior will depend on the amount of heating and drying during the day. Weather conditions are not favorable for large fire growth. Continued warming, drying and instability will increase fire growth potential. Chance of showers and warmer today with a drying trend expected Thursday through Sunday. Temperatures 62-70, Relative Humidity 27-37%, Winds southwest 8-14 mph on ridges and south-southwest 5-10 in the valleys.

Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest apply to campfires and smoking. See full restrictions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices/?aid=48488

The fires are south and west of Ennis, MT in the 9,000-foot elevation range, within the rough mountainous terrain of the Gravelly Range Mountains. They are burning in whitebark pine and sub-alpine fir, with approximately 70% standing dead timber from bug kill and other natural conditions. Southern California Incident Management Team 3 is managing both fires for full suppression to limit fire spread and protect structures and other public and private values at risk. Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority during fire suppression.

Be aware of additional vehicles on roads from fire equipment and school traffic. School starts today 8/22/2018.

All evacuations have been lifted. Road and Forest Closures remain in effect.

Area Closures: closures by multiple agencies including United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are in effect for the Gravelly Range Mountains. Posted on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

Madison County: www.madisoncountymt.gov; Madison County Sheriff, Madison County Emergency Services http://madisoncountymt.gov/176/Emergency-Management-Fire-Warden; City of Ennis: www.ennismontana.org

Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Montana DNRC http://dnrc.mt.gov/, Madison Valley Rural Fire District www.mvrfd.org , Madison County Sheriff http://madisoncountymt.gov/154/Sheriffs-Office, Montana DOT https://www.mdt.mt.gov/ , Ennis Police Department http://www.ennismontana.org/departments/police-department/, City of Ennis http://www.ennismontana.org/, Shining Mountains Water Board.

 

EVACUATIONS WARNING LIFTED
August 21, 2018

Ennis, MT- At 6 P.M., August 21, 2018, the evacuation warning will be LIFTED for the Haypress Lakes Area within the Shining Mountains Subdivision. All evacuation orders/warnings will be rescinded.

Fire crews will remain actively engaged in both the Wigwam and the Monument Fires. Fire equipment will continue to use roads in the Haypress Lakes area. Residents are advised to stay informed on both fires by visiting the regularly updated Inciweb websites for them:

• Wigwam https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6134/,

• Monument https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6122/

Please be mindful that firefighters and fire equipment are still actively involved in fire suppression and may be working from nearby roadways.

Contact: Madison Ranger District
Phone: (406) 682-4253
8 AM to 4:30 PM, M-F
Forest Service
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
420 Barrett Street, Dillon, Montana 59725
Web: http://www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf (Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest)
Facebook: The Forest Service: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BvrhdDrldgeNF
Inciweb: Wigwam https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6134/ ,
Monument https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6122/

 

DAILY FIRE UPDATE for MONUMENT and WIGWAM FIRES, August 21, 2018

Monument Fire: 6,613 acres, 13% contained, Crews 2, Engines 3, Water Tenders 2, Total Fire Personnel 160
Wigwam Fire: 4,191 acres, 66% contained, Crews 2, Engines 18, Dozers 3, Water Tenders 2, Total Personnel 157

There has been no increase in acreage for the past couple days on either the Monument and Wigwam Fire.

Firefighters are working on the last remaining sections of fireline on the northwest side of Wigwam. The structure protection group is working east of Monument Fire. Firefighters continue to build and improve containment line on the fires.

Crews will be “mopping-up” to eliminate heat sources from firelines. Crews are evaluating suppression repair needs for both fires. Fire suppression actions (mainly dozer and handlines constructed to contain the fire) are repaired by fire crews to prevent erosion.

There was no night shift last night due to severe weather conditions on the fireline.

Approximately ¾” wetting rain fell across the fires reducing the threat of active fire behavior. Chance of rain continues through Wednesday with a drying trend expected Thursday through Sunday. Temperatures: 58 to 74; Relative Humidity: 40-50% day; Winds: 3-14 mph in the morning.

When a section of fireline has been worked to the point that there is no heat and no longer poses a threat, that section is considered “contained”. The “percent contained” shown above is that percentage of the entire fireline considered “contained”.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest apply to campfires and smoking. See full restrictions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices/?aid=48488

The fires are located south and west of Ennis, MT in the 9,000-foot elevation range, within the rough mountainous terrain of the Gravelly Range Mountains. They are burning in whitebark pine and sub-alpine fir, with approximately 70% standing dead timber from bug kill and other natural conditions. Southern California Incident Management Team 3 is managing both fires for full suppression to limit fire spread and protect structures and other public and private values at risk. Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority during fire suppression.

Be aware of additional vehicles on roads from fire equipment and school traffic.

Evacuation warning: The Haypress Lakes area was downgraded to a warning

Area Closures: closures are being handled by multiple agencies, including United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are in effect for the Gravelly Range Mountains. You can find information about these closures on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

Madison County: www.madisoncountymt.gov; Madison County Sheriff, Madison County Emergency Services http://madisoncountymt.gov/176/Emergency-Management-Fire-Warden; City of Ennis: www.ennismontana.org

Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Montana DNRC, Madison Valley Rural Fire District, Madison County Sheriff, Montana DOT, Ennis Police Department, City of Ennis, Shining Mountains Water Board.