ANNOUNCEMENTS: A Type 3 team took control of the fires on Friday, October 8 at 6:00 a.m. with Paul Diaz as Incident Commander. These updates will now be written every other day.
TRAIL CREEK FIRE | Start Date: July 8, 2021 | Cause: Lightning | 62,013 acres | 75% complete: The Trail Creek Fire will quiet down, with less smoke and fire activity as a cold front moves into the area on Sunday and Monday. There may be some lingering smoke visible as the fire continues to lose heat with longer nights, shorter burn periods, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity’s Suppression repair and clean up along Hwy 43 should be completed today. Water bars are being installed and clipper and dozer lines are being rehabbed. A winter storm warning is predicted for Sunday thru Tuesday with significant moisture. Equipment will be pulled down from the fires ahead of the storm. With the predicted approaching storm, equipment and personnel that are no longer needed with be demobbed over the next few days. ALDER CREEK FIRE | Start Date: July 8, 2021 | Cause: Lightning | 36,968 acres | 55% complete: Smoke may linger on the Alder Creek Fire in the Christiansen Creek drainage as it flanks the old Pattengail burn scar. However, there shouldn’t be active burning over next several days. Crews continue to do suppression repair around the northwest and southwest sides of the Sawlog area and spots to the north. Suppression repair work is complete on the northeast perimeter. SAND LAKE FIRE | Start Date: September 1, 2021 | Cause: Unknown | 228 acres: The Sand Lake Fire continues to be monitored. Sand Lake Fire has a new closure (Order number 2021-D3-40) effective October 7, 2021. Please check the new closure before entering the area. WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR: A cooling trend will continue through Saturday. High pressure regains control through Sunday with largely dry conditions prevailing, however, another storm system will quickly begin to move into the area by on Sunday night. A cold front associated with the storm system will begin to approach the area late Sunday, causing an uptick in southwesterly winds prior to its arrival. Much cooler temperatures and a chance of accumulating snow will develop Monday and Tuesday. EVACUATIONS & SAFETY: The Lemhi County Sheriff and Beaverhead County Sheriff have lifted all stages of evacuations for Gibbonsville, Idaho and the Alder Creek Fire area. U.S. Route 93, Highway 43 and the Pioneer Scenic Byway are open. Please be careful of fire crews working in these areas. Hunters watch for fire personnel as there may be firefighters working outside the closure areas. Please obey all closure signs. Law enforcement is patrolling the closure areas. FIRE CLOSURES ARE CHANGING. BE SURE TO CHECK THE NEWEST CLOSURES FOR THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS: · The Big Hole National Battlefield visitor center is OPEN. · Gibbonsville Road is closed at FS Road 944 (Big Moosehorn Creek Road) coming from the east, all the way to Dahlonega. Big Hole Pass is also closed. · Portions of the Continental Divide Trail remain closed. · May Creek Campground is closed. Steel Creek campground and trailhead are OPEN. · New closure orders have been put in place for the fires opening several areas. · Closure orders remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest (www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/scnf/alerts-notices), the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices), and the Bureau of Land Management. FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Public lands in southwest Montana and central Idaho are in varying stages of fire restrictions. Check www.mtfireinfo.org and www.idahofireinfo.com for the latest information.