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Trail Creek Fire

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

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Alder Creek, Trail Creek and Christensen Fire Update July 25, 2021

Trail Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 7/25/2021

Alder Creek, Trail Creek and Christensen Fire Update
July 25, 2021

Alder Creek Fire
: Fire activity picked up Saturday due to high winds and low humidity. The fire crossed Alder Creek and is now established on the north side of the drainage. A burn crew is planning strategic fire operations to tie the fire into dozer line to the east. On the south, crews are prepared to fire off of containment lines should the fire cross the Deno Creek drainage. Containment lines to the east are holding while crews and engines continue to patrol and focus on structure protection.

Trail Creek Fire:
 North of Hwy 43 the battlefield and communications tower are secure. South of Hwy 43, burning occurred yesterday along containment lines to improve and widen them. Work continues along the Foothills Road to create a “catchers mitt” to prevent fire growth to the east. On the Continental Divide, crews completed five miles of shaded fuel brake on Anderson Rd. A hotshot crew is using tactical firing to tie control lines near the divide into the main fire to keep the fire on the Montana side of the border. Four crews are enhancing Lost Trail Rd to hold the fire to the north.

Christensen Fire:
 The Christensen Fire was active yesterday and made a two mile run to the east. The Branch Director continues to identify potential control lines using old roads, creeks, and previous fire scars. Fire growth to the north remains minimal and the fire is still several miles from the Hwy 43 corridor. To the south, the Pattengail Creek fire scar is keeping fire growth in check.

 High pressure will bring continued hot and dry conditions on Sunday. Temperatures will reach mid 80’s with relative humidity dropping to near 10%. West winds will be 10-15 MPH with gusts to 25 MPH. This will create near critical fire weather conditions across the area. The forecast remains dry through Monday before a chance for storms enters the picture midweek.

Temp: Max 86F; Humidity: Min 8-16%
Wind: West 5-15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.

Major Closures:
• Hwy 43 remains open. Motorists are asked to slow down and be on the alert for firefighters, heavy smoke and downed trees. Please check the Montana DOT Road Report website: for current status.
• Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Lemhi Pass north to Schultz.
• 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:  
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.)
Inciweb: Alder Creek:
Trail Creek:
Facebook: @AlderCreekAndTrailCreekFires