Crews contain wildfire near Madeline

Update: The lightning-caused wildfire 10 miles east of Madeline is 100 percent contained Sunday evening, Aug. 11, according to Inciweb.

The acreage was reduced to 1,020 due to better mapping.

No structures were damaged or lost in the blaze.


Update Saturday morning, Aug. 10: The McDonald Fire is 50 percent contained this morning and is still 1,070 acres, according to Inciweb.

Fire behavior Friday was limited to isolated torching, creeping and smoldering.


Update 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9: The wildfire 10 miles east of Madeline grew to about 1,070 acres and is 20 percent contained this morning.

It is called the McDonald Fire.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed, according to Inciweb. The fire is in a remote ranching area. There are a few ranch structures nearby.

The fire has burned more than 800 acres of sage grouse habitat. The fire is well established in a rocky canyon, accessible only by experienced hand crews, read the latest Inciweb update. There are about 131 personnel fighting the fire.

The estimated containment date is Monday morning, Aug. 12.


A lightning caused wildfire about 10 miles east of Madeline has grown to about 980 acres as of about 8:40 p.m. Thursday evening, Aug. 8, according to Inciweb.

The fire, which is burning high desert grasses, brush and juniper, started around 3:40 p.m. Thursday and is described as a wind-driven wildfire.  There was extreme fire behavior reported Thursday due to abundant tall grass. Campers in remote areas were evacuated.

As of Thursday evening, according to Inciweb, there were about 117 personnel fighting the fire. Projected activity included attacking with engines, crews and aircraft.

The fire has burned more than 600 acres of sage grouse habitat, according to Inciweb.