Wigwam / Monument Fire Camp

A helicopter carrying an empty bucket flies away from the Wigwam fire on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, near Ennis. An evacuation order has been lifted for a subdivision near the fire.

Rain caused hope across Montana on Monday.

It also prompted a joyful tweet from the National Weather Service this morning. 

But it's not time to declare fire season over. Warmer temperatures are forecast for later this week, as is sunshine. And, as Montana Public Radio reported, the blast of moisture didn't exactly freeze fire growth. 

In a tweet, Flathead Beacon reporter Justin Franz summed up the case for pessimism: 

Drying and warming trends are forecast for later this week, providing a chance for fire activity to increase. 

Meanwhile, more than 300 firefighters are working the Monument and Wigwam fires high in the Gravelly Range southwest of Ennis. The two fires slowed with the cool weather and the rain, and managers reported no significant growth as of Tuesday morning. According to the fire information service InciWeb, the Monument fire is estimated at 6,613 acres, the Wigwam at 4,191. Crews have made significant progress in building fire line around the Wigwam fire, which is now listed at 66 percent containment.

The Bacon Rind fire, burning in the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park, is now estimated at 2,045 acres. No containment levels are listed for that 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.