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Christensen 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 Fires Update 9/6/21

Christensen Fire Wildfire
News – 9/6/2021



 September 6, 2021 – 8:30 a. m.


A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for this afternoon for dry and windy conditions. This will cause fire activity to increase as the inversion lifts and the temperatures rise. Fire activity increased yesterday, with a small spot fire along Forest Service Road #808. The hose lay and sprinkler systems gave ground crews and helicopters the upper hand while responding to the spot. Crews will continue to create containment lines and mopping up hotspots.

The fire continues to push along the ridgeline between Three Mile Creek and Smithy Creek. Helicopters will continue to support ground crews with bucket drops. Salix Creek and the area south of Highway 43 saw an increase in fire activity. That is expected to continue today, although fire behavior is expected to remain moderate.  In addition, the fire activity in the Salix Creek and the West Fork of Ruby Creek areas will remain the same- slowly moving towards the south. Impact to values at risk is not expected.


Most of the heat and fire activity remains in the area between the Alder Creek fire and the Christensen fire where the fires recently grew together. Crews will continue to implement suppression repair and monitor the large fuels smoldering in the interior of the fire. Helicopters will support ground crews with bucket drops to cool areas with the most heat.


An Infrared Mapping Flight happened over the fire area today, giving fire managers a good idea of the size and most active sections of this incident. While the fire is more established and active, grown is minimal, with moving slowly along the side of the mountain. Crews will continue to monitor the fire and evaluate values at risk.


A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for the fire areas from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Dry and windy conditions are expected to continue through Monday, allowing for increasing west winds with gust 15-25 mph in higher terrain. Conditions are expected to remain dry with some humidity recovery at night.


Highway 43 and the Pioneer Scenic Byway are open to through traffic. Watch for increased traffic with the holiday weekend and hunting season.


Portions of the Continental Divide Trail remain closed. The Big Hole National Battlefield is closed until further notice. May Creek Campground is closed.

Closure orders remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forests, the Beaverhead-

Deerlodge National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management. View the updated closure orders on the respective agency websites and the fires' Inciweb pages.

FireInformationLine:  406 - 624 – 9452 ( 8 a . m . to 8 p . m . )

Ald er Creek: inciw e b. nw cg. gov / incid e nt/ 7641
 Trai l Creek: inciw e b. nw cg. gov / incid e nt/ 7634
 Chri s tens en: inciw e b. nw cg. gov / incid e nt/ 7702

Sand Lake:

Email : 2021.a l d e r cr e e k @f i r e ne t .gov

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