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USFS Madison Ranger District fire crew member Sarah Rife, helps Sheridan third grader David Reeves try on a typical wildfire fighter’s field backpack at Bear Creek Days Tuesday, May 14. (H. Kearse)

Bear Creek Days

CAMERON – As students’ structured school days are about to melt into summer freedom, the urge to satisfy the itch to spend the fleeting days outside is nearly irresistible.

Above - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest District Ranger Dave Sabo briefs visitors on the status of the Monument and Wigwam fires at the Ennis Forest Service office on Monday, August 13. (R. Colyer photo).

Fire forces evacuation

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. 

As of Monday afternoon, the Virgina Creek fire, near McAllister, torched 15 acres and was still burning. It was possible, if the fire jumped certain boundaries, that evacuations of South Meadow Creek homes would be ordered. (Howard Sheridan photo)

Fires hit Madison County

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.

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