Madison Fire heats up with temps

The lightning caused Madison Fire detected Sunday afternoon Aug. 10, became more active late Saturday afternoon as temperatures increased and relative humidity lowered.

Smoke was seen from Interstate 90 between Homestake pass and the Pipestone exit as well as from Delmoe Lake. The fire is now estimated at five acres. The fire had shown little activity due to cooler temperatures earlier in the week.

“As expected with temperatures raising the fire came back to life,” Butte/Jefferson District Ranger Dave Sabo said.  “Temperatures are expected to be warm on Sunday and Monday before a cooling trend comes into the area.  We will continue to see increased smoke with these warm temperatures.”

Due to its remote location, steep slopes, rocky terrain, continuous dead fuels and lack of safety areas for firefighters, fire officials decided to monitor the fire rather than place firefighters on the scene. The fire will continue to be patrolled from the air and from a distance on the ground.

The Dillon Dispatch Center is aware of the fire as they continue to coordinate management of this fire with firefighters. Additional information or questions can be directed to the Forest Service in Butte at (406) 494-0250 or Whitehall (406) 287-3223, or go online to

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