Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
Alder Creek, Trail Creek and Christensen Fire Update July 26, 2021
Evacuations: On Sunday, the Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office issued a Stage 2 Evacuation Order for residences on southwest side of Hwy 43 from Alder Creek Road north to Dickie Bridge. All other existing evacuations will remain in effect. More info on the stages of evacuation: https://beaverheadcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Evacuation-plan.pdf
Alder Creek Fire: Fire activity picked up Sunday due to high winds and low humidity. The fire was active in the Alder Creek and Deno Creek drainages. On Monday, crews will continue to focus efforts in the Alder Creek and Deno Creek areas by improving containment lines and utilizing strategic fire operations when necessary. Engines will continue to patrol and support structure protection.
Trail Creek Fire: Fire activity increased on Sunday. The fire worked its way up to the Continental Divide, with approximately 15 acres slopping over to the Idaho side. On Monday, crews will be working along the Continental Divide to address this slop over and improve control lines. North of Hwy 43, firefighters will continue to enhance the Lost Trail Rd and ensure the Big Hole Battlefield and communication tower are secure.
Christensen Fire: The Christensen Fire was active on Sunday with some uphill runs accompanied by long range spotting. The fire continues to push to the east. Firefighters will continue 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. The Pattengail Creek fire scar is minimizing fire growth to the south.
Weather: High pressure will bring continued hot and dry conditions on Monday. Temperatures will reach mid to upper 80’s with relative humidity dropping to 10-15%. West winds decrease slightly today and will be 5-10 MPH. Monsoonal moisture will begin to stream across the area Tuesday into the rest of the week. This will lead to increasing RH as well as better coverage of thunderstorms.
• 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: MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile 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: https://www.mtfireinfo.org.
Fire Information Line: 406-624-9452 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Email: 2021.AlderCreek@firenet.govInciweb: Alder Creek: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7641/ Trail Creek: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7634/ Christensen: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7702/Facebook: @AlderCreekAndTrailCreekFir