Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
Containment lines held yesterday through adverse weather on the Haystack and Placer fires. The Haystack Firewas most active on the east side, west of Whitetail Road, burning well within planned containment lines,consuming dead and down lodgepole pine. The fire was also active east of Tim’s Meadow to Porcupine Gulch.Minimal fire activity occurred on the remainder of the fire.
Great Basin Team 4 transferred command of the Haystack and Placer fires to a Type 3 Team today at 07:00 ledby Incident Commander Shane Martin. The primary focus today will be on the west side near Berry Meadowsand on the south side near Nez Perce Creek and Bakers Meadows, where the fire is slowly moving towards theNez Perce Trail. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for increased winds and unstable conditions. Theseconditions may lead to active fire and increased smoke.
Tomorrow, weather conditions are expected to moderate, bringing less winds, cooler temperatures, and rain.Fire area road and area closures remain in effect.
The Placer Fire is 184 acres and continues to exhibit minimal fire activity. This fire has been transferred to theButte District and is operating under Incident Commander Kevin Smith. Updates for this fire will occurseparately moving forward and can be found on the main BDNF Facebook Page. Fire Crews are monitoringthis fire.
Evacuations are being managed by Jefferson CountySheriff’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 forfirefighters.
Smoke: For information on air quality and related health concerns, visit https://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/.