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Trail Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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July 24, 2021 Daily Update

Trail Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 7/24/2021

Alder Creek, Trail Creek and Christensen Fires
Alder Creek
Current Size: 6,831 Acres
Current Containment: 7%
Location: 7 miles west of Wise River, MT
Start Date: July 8, 2021
Cause: Unknown
Resources Assigned:
Total personnel: 312
Engines: 16
Hand crews: 6

Trail Creek
Current Size: 26,539 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Location: 20 miles west of Wisdom, MT
Start Date: July 8, 2021
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned:
Total personnel: 147
Engines: 4
Hand Crews: 4

Current Size:  382 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Location: 12 miles west of Wise River, MT
Start Date: July 16, 2021
Cause: Unknown
Resources Assigned:  
 Total personnel: 7
    Engines: 2

Alder Creek Fire
: Fire activity picked up Friday due to high winds and low humidity. Fire was active in the upper Alder Creek and Deno Creek drainages and crews will be working in those areas today. Today, crews are focused on improving containment lines and protecting structures. Today has the potential for increased fire activity due to the higher temperature and lower humidity. Increased smoke is expected to be visible today.

Trail Creek Fire
: On Friday there was increased fire activity in several areas including Battle Mountain and Foothills Road area.  Firefighters completed a shaded fuel break 300 feet wide along 5 miles of the Anderson Road.  Crews are camped out and working along the Continental Divide to keep the fire on Montana side of state border. Firefighters are also in the community of Gibbonsville continuing to enhance structure protection. 

Christensen Fire
:  Fire activity picked up on Friday expanding the fire size.  The fire will continue to burn to the south and east backing towards Toomey drainage. There is potential for the fire to spot across Toomey creek. Firefighters are identifying control lines using old roads and natural features such as creeks and old fire scars.  Engines assigned to fire will continue structure contingency planning for homes along Hwy. 43 corridor.

: Drier and warmer conditions are expected across southwest Montana today. Winds are expected to be terrain driven with a few gusts in the afternoon and evening. Minimum relative humidity values will dip to 10 percent or less. Westerly daytime winds will likely develop and may gust to around 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Precipitation is not likely through the weekend.
Temp: Max 85 F; Humidity: 8-17%
Wind: West 5-10 mph with gusts up to 15-20 mph in the afternoon.

•   Hwy 43 has been intermittently opened and closed depending on fire conditions. Please check the Montana DOT Road Report website: for current status.•   Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Lemhi Pass north to Schultz Saddle (north of Chief Joseph Pass).•   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. 

Interagency fire management officials in southwestern Montana enacted
Stage II fire restrictions at midnight, Friday, July 23, 2021.  Up to date fire restriction information and a web-based map can be found at:

Fire Information Line: 406-624-9452 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
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