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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

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Alder Creek, Christensen, Trail Creek and Black Mountain Update 8.14.21

Black Mountain Wildfire
News – 8/14/2021

Alder Creek, Trail Creek, Christensen, and Black Mountain Fire Update
August 14, 2021

Mark MoralesINCIDENT COMMANDER

INCIDENT STATISTICS:

Alder Creek
Size: 12,794 Acres
Containment: 10%
Location: 7 miles west of Wise River, MT
Start Date: July 8, 2021
 Cause: Unknown
Total personnel: 375

Trail Creek
Size: 36,788 Acres
Containment: 26%
Location: 20 miles west of Wisdom, MT
Start Date: July 8, 2021
 Cause: Lightning
Total personnel: 213

Christensen
Size: 9,776 Acres
Containment: 10%
Location: 12 miles west of Wise River, MT
Start Date: July 16, 2021
Cause: Unknown
Total personnel: 18

Black Mountain
Size: 1,041 Acres
Containment: 75%
Location: 13 miles south of Jackson, MT
Start Date: July 17, 2021
 Cause: Lightning
Total personnel: 10


Alder Creek Fire: 
Fire growth that was observed yesterday was primarily isolated to the Foolhen Ridge and pockets of unburned fuel. No new fire growth occurred outside of containment or contingency lines. Unmanned Aircraft Systems were used for aerial scouting around Bryant Creek. Crews will work on contingency lines along the northwest side of the fire near Bryant Creek. Air resources will focus their efforts in active areas, likely between Stine Creek and Deno Creek. The goal will be to moderate fire intensity and slow progression.

Christensen Fire: Yesterday Engine modules and Skidgines worked together hot spotting on the northwest side of the fire, near Toomey Creek. Resources will continue to secure and check-up fire in that area. Firefighters will patrol and monitor the Trident Peak area in anticipation of the fire moving towards the Sawlog drainage. Work will continue improving contingency lines.

Trail Creek Fire: Heat remains on the Northeast side of the fire near Big Hole Battlefield and on the southwest side near Three Mile Creek. Unmanned Aircraft Systems were used for scouting around Three Mile Creek. This area continues to be a focal point; however, the fire remains east of the drainage and crews will monitor for continued activity. Green islands in the interior of the fire continue to produce smoke, as unburned fuels are consumed.  Containment lines have been completed or near completion in the areas of Hirschy Ranch, Gibbonsville road, and Anderson Ridge. Chippers will be utilized to clean up excess unburned fuels, and resources are prepared to execute contingency plans should the fire reach management action points.

Black Mountain Fire: No additional fire activity has been reported. Contingency lines are complete should the situation change. Firefighters will use three chippers to clean up excess debris produced from road improvement and will patrol and monitor the area.

Fire Weather Today: Today’s temperatures will be in the low to mid 80s with minimum relative humidity in mid to high teens, and West-Northwest winds at 8 to 10 mph with gusts of 15 to 20mph. Winds are expected to be minimal and predominantly terrain driven.

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 MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile for current conditions.
-Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Lemhi Pass north to Mussigbrod Creek.
-Big Hole National Battlefield is closed until further notice. North and South VanHouten, Miner Lakes, Twin Lakes, May Creek and Divide Bridge Campgrounds are closed.
-Forest Closure orders are in effect for all three fires.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices
Salmon-Challis NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/scnf/alerts-notices

Evacuations:
Stage 1 evacuation on Highway 43 from Mile Marker 35 to the County Line at Mile Marker 41.5. This includes the residents of Doolittle Creek Road and North Doolittle Creek Road. Southside of Highway 43 from Alder Creek Road to Dickie Bridge. Westside of the Scenic Byway from the Wisdom Airport to Harriette Lou Road. All evacuation statuses have been removed in Alder Creek drainage and Southside of Highway 43 from Alder Creek Road to Mile Marker 62. Lemhi County Sheriff has contacted residences in threatened areas on the west side of the Trail Creek Fire in Idaho and placed in “Set” evacuation status. Info: 208-756-8980.

Inciweb:
Alder Creek: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7641/
Trail Creek: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7634/
Christensen: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7702/
Black Mountain: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7691/ 

Fire Information Line: 406‐624‐9452 (8am‐8pm)
Email: 2021.AlderCreek@firenet.gov 2021.blackmountain@firenet.govFacebook:
@AlderCreekAndTrailCreekFires
 @BlackMountainFire 

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