BUTTE, Mont - The following is a news release from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
On Sunday afternoon August 10, smoke from a lightning caused fire was detected between Delmoe Lake and Whitetail Reservoir on the Jefferson Ranger District, Beaverhead Deerlodge NF.
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," said Butte /Jefferson District Ranger Dave Sabo. "We will continue to evaluate the fire daily to determine the best course of action."