I was gone for about a week, looking BLM and Forest Service grazing allotments, and other things far better (congratulations on your marriage “BE”!).

In the meantime, a large fire broke out near Horse Butte, threatened many homes and structures and the town of West Yellowstone. That fire is now contained at close to 4000 acres. Story by the Associated Press.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

One Response to Madison Arm (near West Yellowstone) evacuation lifted

  1. Sal says:

    This fire was “contained” at 100% as of three hours ago though there is still a StageI/II restiction patchwork throughout the entire Gallatin NF.


    Most evacuees are now returned to their lodgings.

    Consequently, the fireworks display for the town of West Yellowstone have been cancelled, no fireworks of any kind are allowed at this time. Kind of a serious holiday atmosphere.



‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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