THE LOCAL NEWS OF THE MADISON VALLEY, RUBY VALLEY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Map of affected area. COURTESY USFS

Old Baldy Mountain wildfire

The Old Baldy Mountain Wildfire is burning nearly 130 acres as of Aug. 4.

A crew of 66 are fighting the flames that a lightning strike ignited in the Tobacco Roots Aug. 1. The fire had minimal growth in 24 hours due to cooler weather and higher humidity, according to the Dillon Interagency Dispatch Center. Some road closures went into effect Aug. 3.

The fire is currently a type three wildfire with zero percent containment as of Aug. 4. It is burning in an area of subalpine fir and dead white bark pine.

Mill Creek Road to the Branham Lakes Campground is closed. The road closure continues north to west of Mill Creek Road, up to Boulder Creek Road in the Butte Ranger District. Mill Creek Road leading to West Branham Peak, Long Mountain to Lonesome Peak and Granite Peak is closed. The Madison Ranger District boundary to Lakeshore Mountain is closed.

Three helicopters from the Twin Bridges Airport are dropping water on schedule, according to Public Information Officer Bonnie O’Neill. Hotshot crews constructed a contingency line along the western edge of the fire where dead trees made it difficult to engage the fire.

 

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