Wigwam / Monument Fire Camp

A sign thanking firefighters hangs near the Wigwam fire evacuation zone on Thursday, August 16, 2018, off of Fish Hatchery Road. Eight families were evacuated from their homes earlier this week due to proximity to the Wigwam fire.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for a portion of a subdivision southwest of Ennis as fire crews get a stronger handle on a nearby wildfire. 

Managers of the Wigwam fire lifted the evacuation order for the Haypress Lakes area of the Shining Mountains Subdivision early Monday morning, allowing the eight families forced from the area to go back home. The order has been downgraded to a warning and the warning for the rest of the subdivision has been rescinded. 

The change comes as fire crews begin to get a handle on the Wigwam fire, which is estimated at roughly 4,191 acres, according to the fire information service InciWeb

The most recent update says crews built a fire break to protect homes in the the Haypress Lakes area. The fire is now listed at 35 percent contained.

Farther south, the Monument fire grew over the weekend. It's now estimated at 6,613 acres. Burnouts along Johnny Ridge Road on the north side of the blaze have been successful, according to Inciweb. Crews are assessing needs for protecting buildings east of the fire. 

Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1. 

Michael Wright covers the environment and wildlife issues for the Chronicle.