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. 

The old Virginia City carriage house in the 1950s. The new information center, where Virginia City’s new gas station will be installed this fall, will be an exact replica of the 20th-century building. (Image courtesy of Elijah Allen)

Virginia City to get gas

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.

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.

Sheridan suspends lawn watering

SHERIDAN - On Sunday July 15, the Sheridan Public Works Director Curtis Green contacted Mayor Bob Stump to inform him that the potable water storage tank level had dropped to a critical level.

The storage tank was barely half full and that level would be inadequate to support any structure firefighting efforts in the town. 


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