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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

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

Wisdom Ranger District
Phone: 406-689-3243
Hours: M-F 8:00 - 4:30

Highlighted Activity

10/07/2021 Alder Creek, Trail Creek and Sand Lake Fire Update 10.07.21
   ALDER CREEK/CHRISTENSEN, TRAIL CREEK & SAND LAKE FIRES OCTOBER 7, 2021   Public Information Line: 406-624-9452 (8 am to 8 pm) | Email: Facebook:...
News - 10/07/2021
Map of Sand Lake Closure OrderImage options: [ Full Size ]

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.

Forest Closure orders have been rescinded: Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest - Alerts & Notices ( for most up to date information on closures.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

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday September 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
Location12 miles Northeast of Wisdom, Montana
Incident CommanderPaul Diaz, Whitney Machado (T)
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates45.636 latitude, -113.236 longitude

Current Situation

Size228 Acres
Estimated Containment DateMonday November 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Minimal, creeping, smoldering


Planned Actions

Monitor by air.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal activity


Effective at 0600 on 10/8/21, the Alder Creek Fire will be managed by a Type 3 IMT with Paul Diaz as IC. The Type 3 team will also take command of the Trail Creek and Sand Lake Fires.

This will be the last daily 209 report for the Sand Lake fire unless a significant event occurs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Unsettled weather continues with another round of showers during the day on Friday and wetting rains possible. A largely dry weekend is forecast with cooler temperatures and lowering humidity values. Thereafter, a significant storm system begins to push into the area late Sunday/early Monday, bringing strong winds, significantly colder air, and potential for accumulating snowfall. Below average temperatures are expected to prevail through much of next week.