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Alder Creek Fire

Unit Information

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

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The Alder Creek Fire started on July 8, 2021 approximately 7 miles West of Wise River, Montana, in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The cause of the Alder Creek Fire has not been determined. The fire terrain is made up of forest timber with 2 feet high underbrush and heavy fuel loads of dead and down Lodgepole Pine. The surrounding valleys are characterized by short sage and grass mix.

Forest Closure orders have been rescinded: Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest - Alerts & Notices ( for most up to date information on closures. 

Fire activity is minimal due to the weather and shorter cooler nights. Occasional smoke could be visible on warmer drier days.  Use caution in the fire area. Watch for snags, falling trees and traffic.  Firefighters may still be in the fire area cleaning up and completing rehab work.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 08th, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
Location7-8 air miles west of Wise River, MT
Incident CommanderPaul Diaz, Whitney Machado (T)
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates45.79 latitude, -113.101 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size36,968 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained63%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Minimal to no activity in all areas.


Planned Actions

Continue suppression work and back haul where appropriate.


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today will be much colder with highs 28-33 degrees. Snow looks to continue through Monday night with light additional accumulations. Winds will be NE 5-13 mph with gusts around 20 mph. Tonight, will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow, with lows 18-23 degrees. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow in the morning. Maximum temperatures will be 31-36 degrees with winds NE 5-13 mph with gusts 20-25 mph.