Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team #4
Haystack Fire Update
Monday, 4 October 2021
Contact Fire Information: 406.290.3603 or email@example.com
Firefighters successfully held containment lines through warm and dry weather yesterday on the Haystack Fire. Most of the visible fire activity was located on the east side, west of Whitetail Road, above the 2020 State Creek burn scar and on the northwest side near Porcupine Gulch. On the south side near Bakers Meadows, the fire moved slowly downhill, reaching Nez Perce Creek. Hose lines are in place to act if necessary. Chipping operations to reduce the volume of cut woody debris will continue along existing roads and travel routes. Minimal fire activity occurred on the remainder of the fire. The fire grew approximately 696 acres yesterday.
Critical fire weather is forecasted for the next two days, followed by cooling temperatures with possible moisture starting Wednesday. Crews will continue to secure and patrol containment lines and will respond to any areas of concern.
The Placer Fire is 171 acres and continues to exhibit minimal fire activity. Handcrews and heavy equipment will continue improving containment lines to keep the fire east of Forest Road 8695, north of the 2019 McClusky burn area west of the private land in Whitetail Valley.
Tuesday, both the Haystack and Placer Fires will be turned over to and managed by a local Type 3 Team, starting at 7am. Great Basin Team 4 greatly appreciates the support and warm welcome received from the residents of Jefferson County since arriving on September 22.
Evacuations: For residents south of the Boulder River, west of highway 69, and north of and including the Boulder Hot Springs, evacuations were lifted on October 2. Evacuations are being managed by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Please call 406.225.4075 or visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyMontanaSheriffsOffice for evacuation specific information.
Closures and Fire Restrictions: Please use caution as fire restrictions remain in place for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Area closures and fire restrictions can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices. Closures are in place to reduce the public safety risk and provide a safe operating area for firefighters. The Bureau of Land Management, Butte Field Office, Galena Gulch Campground Closure can be found at https://blm.gov/press-release/galena-gulch-campground.
Smoke: For information on air quality and related health concerns, visit https://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/.