ENNIS – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office has issued a fire prevention order temporarily closing the Axolotl Wilderness Study Area in Madison County due to the Monument and Wigwam fires.
U.S. Forest Service
DAILY UPDATE for MONUMENT and WIGWAM FIRES,
August 17, 2018
Monument Fire: 5,733 acres, 5% contained
Equipment and manpower - Engines: 8; Water Tenders: 4; Total Fire Personnel: 123
Wigwam Fire: 4,190 acres, 0% contained
ENNIS—The Madison Conservation District welcomed Emily Osborn to its team earlier this summer. Osborn takes over the administrator position for the MCD from Cori Koenig.
ENNIS—The testing of some wells has already begun on the West Bench, but the Ground Water Investigation Program (GWIP) is still looking to expand the number of test sites for its data collection, set to continue until December of 2019.
ENNIS—The Monument Fire southwest of Cameron, first detected on August 6, continued to grow over the weekend and measured 4,215 acres as of Monday morning.
A second fire, the Wigwam Fire, was first detected on August 11 and has grown to almost 2,000 acres. Both fires are currently zero percent contained.
SHERIDAN - Sheridan celebrated its Summer Festival Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5, hosted by the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department.
Friday’s festivities included dinner in the park, a beer garden, a kickball tournament and music from Kneejurk.
VIRGINIA CITY—After six decades without it, Virginia City is finally getting some gas.
At its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 2, the Virginia City town council voted to approve a project that has been on the minds of residents for years—the installation of a functioning gas station.
ENNIS - A new organization seeks to make ambassadors out of the students who go through its 50-hour course – ambassadors for sportsmen, for hunting, for the highly successful North American Model of wildlife conservation, for the outdoors in general.
ENNIS - John Way, owner of The Tackle Shop, in downtown Ennis, was cranked up about the upcoming Fly Fishing and Outdoor Festival coming to Ennis Labor Day weekend, August 31 – September 1.
MCALLISTER - Saturday evening, August 4, at 6 p.m. representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, the Madison Valley Rural Fire Department, and Madison County met with about 20 residents who have homes in the South Meadow Creek area.
The fire official’s message to these people was serious: “Be prepared,” they said.