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Christensen Fire

Unit Information

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

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The Christensen Fire started on July 16, 2021 approximately 12 miles West of Wise River, Montana. Located on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the cause of the Christensen 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.

The fire is being managed by the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team #6, Incident Commander Jay Winfield.

Forest Closure Orders are in effect for the fire area. Please see up to date closure orders at Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF Closure 


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 16th, 2021 approx. 02:15 PM
Location12 Miles West of Wise River, MT
Incident CommanderJay Winfield, Northern Rockies Team #6
Coordinates45.781 latitude, -113.226 longitude

Current Situation

Size13,175 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained20%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Fire was actively spotting today and joined Alder Creek fire. Northeasterly movement continues in Bryant Creek toward Calvert Hill.


Planned Actions


Projected Incident Activity

Fire in Bryant creeks will continue to be active and has to potential to move down drainage. Fire growth to the north may trigger management actions.


This will be the final update for Christensen Fire. The fire has burned into the Alder Creek fire and the two fires will reported together as the Alder Fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warm and dry conditions will continue through the first half of this week. Zero chance of wetting rain on Tuesday.