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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 28, 2021

Trail Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 7/28/2021

Alder Creek, Trail Creek and Christensen Fire Update July 28, 2021

Community Meeting Tonight: Wednesday July 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the Copper King Conference Center, 4655 Harrison Ave, Butte MT. The public may also attend from 2 satellite locations at Wise River Community Center and Gibbonsville Improvement Center (GIA) Building. The meeting will be open to the public and live streamed via www.facebook.com/AlderCreekandTrailCreekFires

Alder Creek Fire: On Wednesday, crews will be improving containment lines and utilizing strategic firing operations in the Alder Creek area on north edge of the fire and Deno Creek and Stine Creek drainages on the eastern edge along Pioneer Byway. Engine crews continue to support structure protection for residences along Hwy 43 and Pioneer Byway.

Trail Creek Fire: The fire is burning in rugged terrain in Threemile Creek and Nez Perce Creek drainages just west of the Continental Divide. On Wednesday, crews will be evaluating options for control lines above Gibbonsville. Engine crews will continue to support structure protection in Gibbonsville. Firefighters will also improve the Lost Trail Rd on the northwest portion of the fire and the Foothills Rd along the southeast.  Strategic firing operations will occur as needed.

Christensen Fire: 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. 

Weather: Today will bring an increasein humidity and a chance for thunderstorms. Temperatures will rise to low 80’s but may cool during the afternoons due to thickening cloud cover. Smoke looks to hold strong in the valleys and drainages as northwest winds remain below 10 mph. Chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoon may bring lightning and gusty winds.

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: MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile 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: https://www.mtfireinfo.org

Evacuations: Beaverhead County Sheriff has Stage 2 Evacuation Orders in effect for Alder Creek Community, Southside of Hwy 43 from Alder Creek Road to Dickie Bridge, and the westside of Pioneer Scenic Byway from airport to Harriet Lou Road
Beaverhead Sheriff Stages of evacuation: Evacuation Stages

Lemhi County Sheriff has contacted threatened residences on west side of Trail Creek fire in Idaho and placed in “Set” evacuation status. Info: 208-756-8980.

Fire Information Line: 406-624-9452 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Email: 2021.AlderCreek@firenet.gov
Inciweb: Alder Creek: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7641/ Trail Creek: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7634/ Christensen: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7702/
Facebook: @AlderCreekAndTrailCreekFires

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