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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 29, 2021

Trail Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 7/29/2021


Trail Creek 
Current Size: 34,997 Acres Current Containment: 0% 
Location: 20 miles west of Wisdom, MT Start Date: July 8, 2021 
Cause: Lightning  
Total personnel: 194 


The Southwest Area Team 1, Type I Incident Management Team assumed management of the Alder Creek, Trail Creek, and Christensen Fires at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 26. 

Smoke: The MT Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality alert for Beaverhead and surrounding counties  The ID Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Pollution Forecast and Caution for residents of Lemhi County 

Alder Creek Fire:
 On Thursday, crews will be improving containment lines and utilizing strategic firing operations in the Alder Creek and Bryant Creek drainages 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 west of the Continental Divide. On Thursday, crews will continue evaluating options for control lines up and 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: On Thursday, northwesterly winds will minimize fire growth to the north. Firefighters 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 higher humidity and chances for thunderstorms. Temperatures will rise to low 80’s with relative humidity 22-40%.  Smoke continues to hold in the valleys as northwesterly winds remain light between 5-10 mph. Thunderstorms may bring lightning and gusty winds of 40-50 mph during the afternoon.  

Major Closures: 

  • Hwy 43 and Pioneer Byway remain 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:  

  • 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: 

 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.) 
Alder Creek: 
Trail Creek: 
Facebook: @AlderCreekAndTrailCreekFire 

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