The latest: The Monument fire in the Gravelly Mountains is now estimated at 5,400 acres and is 5 percent contained, according to InciWeb

The Wigwam fire's size estimate increased to 4,190 acres. No containment value was listed. 

Updated 10:12 a.m., Aug. 16. 


Firefighters and helicopters attacked a small blaze on Terminal Mountain in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday.

Jeff Gildehaus, a fire spokesman, said eight smokejumpers and helicopter water drops were deployed to stop the Terminal fire, which he estimated at one-tenth of an acre. It’s on Terminal Mountain across U.S. Highway 191 from the Bacon Rind fire. Gildehaus said Yellowstone National Park ordered that the fire be suppressed.

He said the smokejumpers will likely finish their work and hike out on Thursday.

The Bacon Rind fire didn’t show any major growth on Wednesday, Gildehaus said. The estimate remains at 1,388 acres, and fire officials are still waiting for a flyover to get a better size estimate.

The size estimates for the two fires in the Gravelly Range were adjusted down on Wednesday. The Monument fire, burning southwest of Cameron, is now estimated at 4,415 acres. The Wigwam fire, burning farther north, is estimated at 2,300 acres.

Firefighters are trying to put the fires out, according to InciWeb. Aircraft are dumping water and retardant to slow the fires’ progress. Engine crews are working on protecting buildings.

An evacuation order remains in place for parts of a nearby subdivision. Warnings for a larger portion of that subdivision are also still in effect.

The Bureau of Land Management has ordered fire restrictions on lands in its Western district, which includes Madison County. The order prohibits campfires outside of metal fire pits. It also prohibits smoking outside a car, building or developed recreation site.

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

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