Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
Alder Creek, Trail Creek and Christensen Fires
July 23, 2021
Red Flag Warning Due to the warmer, drier weather expected today, a Red Flag warning will be in effect starting at 12:00 PM through 9:00 PM this evening.
Alder Creek Fire: Today has the potential for increased fire activity due to the higher temperature and lower humidity. Increased smoke is expected to be visible today. Crews remain focused on improving containment lines and protecting structures.
Trail Creek Fire: The fire is holding on Montana side of state border. Firefighters will continue holding lines and working hotspots by improving existing fuel breaks along the western fire perimeter. A high area of focus is continued work creating a shaded fuel break along Anderson Road. Along the Continental Divide, crews are focusing suppression efforts to keep the fire out of the Salmon-Challis NF and protect the community of Gibbonsville. Firefighters will continue preparing Foothills Rd on the southeast fire perimeter.
Christensen Fire: Fire is backing into Toomey Creek drainage. No structures are threatened at this time. Firefighters are identifying control lines using old roads and natural features such as creeks and old fire scars.
WEATHER: Red Flag warning to take effect today at 12:00 PM. Drier and warmer conditions expected across southwest Montana today. Winds are expected to shift to the western/northwestern direction and could gust to 25 mph. Hot, dry, and windy conditions are expected across southwest Montana with westerly wind gusting to 25 mph. Mostly sunny skies with smoke and haze around the area.
Temp: Max 82-88 F; Humidity: 13-17%
Wind: WNW 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.
• Hwy 43 has been intermittently opened and closed depending on fire conditions. Please check the Montana DOT Road Report website: MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile for current status. • Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Montana/Idaho border NW to Chief Joseph Pass and NE to Trail 3062. • Big Hole National Battlefield is closed until further notice. North and South Van Houten, Miner Lakes, Twin Lakes and May Creek Campgrounds are closed. • Forest Closure orders are in effect for all three fires. Visit the Closure Section on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF and Salmon-Challis NF websites for specifics.
STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS TO BE PUT IN PLACE 12:00 AM TONIGHT:
Interagency fire management officials in southwestern Montana will enact
Stage II fire restrictions effective midnight, Friday, July 23, 2021. Up to date fire restriction information and a web-based map can be found at https://www.mtfireinfo.org.
Fire Information Line: 406-624-9452 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Alder Creek: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7641/
Trail Creek: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7634/