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Trail Ridge 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
Email: catherine.mcrae@usda.gov
Phone: 4069253353
Hours: M-F 8-7, S/S 9-5

Wisdom Ranger District
Phone: 4066893243
Hours: M-F 8-4:30

Highlighted Activity

09/27/2022 Updated Closure Order September 23, 2022
   UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE BITTERROOT NATIONAL FOREST DARBY RANGER DISTRICT   UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE UNITED STATES FOREST...
Closure - 09/27/2022
New road closure map for the Trail Ridge FireImage options: [ Full Size ]

 CURRENT STATUS 


The Trail Ridge Fire is burning on the Wisdom District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest as well as on the Darby-Sula District of the Bitterroot National Forest. Incident Commander Zach Lee is currently reporting this fire to be 17,157 acres. An InfraRed acreage mapping mission has been requested and when that request is filled, acreage for this fire will be updated on InciWeb. You can find this incident on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8365/ 
 
Recent warming and drying weather conditions resulted in more activity on this fire yesterday, resulting in visible smoke to the communities of Sula, as this fire burned in areas of green timber. This fire has not breached the containment lines nor Management Action Points established by Fire Personnel.
 
 Fire Leadership and crews are working to address hot-spots on the fire, strengthening containment lines, and monitoring for any changes in fire behavior.
 
 WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR 

Continued warm and dry conditions are expected tomorrow, with a high of 80 and variable, light winds. It is expected that the fire will have similar fire behavior tomorrow.

CLOSURES AND SPECIAL MESSAGES

The most current Closure Order for the Trail Ridge Fire is effective as of 22SEP22 and can be viewed in full at https:// www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday August 26th, 2022 approx. 01:15 PM
Location22 miles NW of Wisdom MT
Incident CommanderZach Lee
Coordinates45.78 latitude, -113.867 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel48
Size17,539 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained65%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Heavy Logging Slash

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Minimal

Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Div A: Monitor fire behavior and implement suppression repair as fire behavior allows.

Div Z: Continue chipping operations. Continue to monitor fire behavior and implement suppression strategies appropriate to fire behavior and movement.

Div N: Implement suppression repair as fire behavior allows. Continue to monitor fire behavior and implement suppression strategies appropriate to fire behavior and movement.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal fire perimeter growth along the 4B Creek and Tolan Creek drainages. Minimal perimeter growth anticipated in Div A on the west, south, and east edges of the fire.

24 hours: Fire will continue to spread north along the 4B Creek and Tolan Creek drainages. Minimal perimeter growth anticipated in Div A on the west, south, and east edges of the fire.

Remarks

Using an Operational Objective Weighted Matrix to report completion percentage. The operational objectives (and their % of total planned operations) consist of: Point protection (20%), Indirect line

(40%), Burning operations (20%), Confine/contain (5%), Monitor (5%), and Suppression Repair (10%).

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Anticipated cold front moving into the area with predicted moisture of 0.25 to 0.5" over the next three days.