On Sunday afternoon, smoke from a lightning caused fire was detected between Delmoe Lake and Whitetail Reservoir on the Jefferson Ranger District, Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest.
The fire was evaluated by fire officials and determined to be unsafe for firefighters due to its remote location, continuous dead fuels and lack of safety zones. The Madison fire, named after nearby Madison Peak, is one acre in size and burning in a steep rocky area, and beetle-killed dead Lodgepole pine.
Due to the extremely difficult terrain, fire managers will monitor the fire through the use of overflights surveying the area for other fires and from employees patrolling the area from the ground.
“It’s not a safe situation for firefighters at this time,” Butte /Jefferson District Ranger Dave Sabo said. “We will continue to evaluate the fire daily to determine the best course of action.”
For more information, contact the Forest Service in Butte at 494-0250 or Whitehall at 287-3223.
— U.S. Forest Service