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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 27, 2021

Trail Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 7/27/2021

Alder Creek, Trail Creek and Christensen Fire
July 27, 2021

The MT Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality alert for Beaverhead and surrounding counties due to increasing particulates from local and regional fires. The ID Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Pollution Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Lemhi County of degraded air quality.

Alder Creek Fire:
On Monday, the fire was active again in the Alder Creek and Deno Creek drainages. Crews will continue to focus efforts in those drainages on Tuesday by improving containment lines and utilizing strategic fire operations when necessary. Engine crews will continue to patrol and support structure protection.

Trail Creek Fire:
The fire has moved west of the Continental Divide into the upper portions of Threemile Creek drainage above Gibbonsvile. The terrain is steep and rugged with numerous snags. Crews are evaluating options for control lines while engines continue to patrol and support structure protection in Gibbonsville. North of Hwy 43, firefighters will continue to enhance the Lost Trail Rd and ensure the Big Hole Battlefield and communication tower are secure. Along the southeast fire perimeter, firefighters will continue preparing the Foothills Road and conduct strategic firing operations as needed.

Christensen Fire:
The Christensen Fire continued to push to the east on Monday. On Tuesday, firefighters will continue to identify potential control lines using old roads, creeks, and previous fire scars. Engine crews will continue structure contingency planning for private homes along Hwy 43 corridor.

Tuesday will again be hot and dry with temperatures in the mid 80’s and relative humidity dropping to 11-17%. Winds will be out of the west at 10-15 MPH. Although quite dry, thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon with lightning, gusty winds and little to no rain. Deeper moisture later this week will result in increasing humidity s as well as better coverage of thunderstorms.

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 Mussigbrod Creek.
• 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. Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF Closures: Salmon-Challis NF: Salmon-Challis NF Closures

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect SW Montana:
Evacuations: Beaverhead County Sheriff has evacuation orders in effect: Beaverhead Sheriff
More info on the stages of evacuation: Evacuation Stages
Fire Information Line: 406-624-9452 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)Email:
Inciweb: Alder Creek: Trail Creek: Christensen: Facebook: @AlderCreekAndTrailCreekFires

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