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Sand Lake Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Sandlake, Alder, Trail Creek, Christensen Info
Phone: 406-624-9452
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Catherine McRae
Phone: 406-925-5535
Hours: M-S 0700 to 1900

Wisdom Ranger District
Phone: 406-689-3243

Highlighted Activity

09/24/2021 Alder Creek, Trail Creek and Sand Lake Fire Update 09.24.21
 ALDER CREEK/CHRISTENSEN, TRAIL CREEK & SAND LAKE FIRES September 24,2021 – 8:30 a. m. Northern Rockies Team will start to arrive over the next few days. They will shadow Team 6 on Friday before...
News - 09/24/2021
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The Sand Lake fire started on September 1, 2021 approximately 11 miles northeast of Wise River, Montana. Located on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the fire is burning in a Wilderness Study Area and is  extremely rugged and rocky terrain. Crews are monitoring fire activity and working with heavy equipment to create fuel breaks to protect values at risk. Fire is moving slowly and growth is minimal. 

The fire is being managed by the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team #6, Incident Commander Jay Winfield, along with Alder, Christensen, and Trail Creek fires.
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 OriginWednesday September 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
Location12 miles Northeast of Wisdom, Montana
Incident CommanderJay Winfield, Northern Rockies Team #6
Coordinates45.636 latitude, -113.236 longitude

Current Situation

Size228 Acres
Fuels Involved

Dead, down and standing timber

Significant Events

Minimal, creeping, smoldering


Planned Actions

Fire is remote and will be monitored by air.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal activity


Fire is being managed by NR Team 6, Jay Winfield IC. The team is also managing, Alder Creek and Trail Creek Fires.