W. Yellowstone Fire 90% Contained
W. Yellowstone, MT – Officials say the wildfire burning near West Yellowstone is now about 90 percent contained. Fire information officer Gary Hoshide says the Madison Arm fire has burned an estimated 36-hundred acres, or
nearly six square miles, in the Gallatin National Forest. He says wind hasn't been as much of a problem. Hoshide says staffing on the fire has been scaled back from about 440 people to about 320. At the height of the staffing, about 500 people were assigned to the blaze. Residents and resort guests evacuated because of the fire have been allowed to return. The evacuation order has been lifted for the Madison Arm Resort, Lakeshore summer homes, and Horse Butte and Rainbow Point areas. The Forest Service says human activity caused the fire, which began last Wednesday.