Current Size: 5,674 Acres
Current Containment: 3%
Total personnel: 296
Hand crews: 2
Alder Creek Fire: The fire experienced minimal growth yesterday, slowly moving
towards the Hwy 43 and Pioneer Scenic Byway corridors. Crews focused on
stopping the main fire by using tactical fire to remove burnable fuels, but rain has
slowed firing operations. Fire engines and hand crews continue to hold and
improve containment lines and protect structures today. Fire growth today is
expected to be slower due to wetting rain.
See Update Below
Current Size: 23,090 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 147
Hand Crews: 3
Trail Creek Fire: The fire grew minimally yesterday, continuing to push slowly east
along the Hwy 43 corridor. Thanks to strategic firing in past days, the Big Hole
National Battlefield and adjacent private structures suffered no damage. The plan
is to continue with holding lines and working hotspots. South of Hwy 43, the plan
is to hold the fire on Butler Creek where it intersects with Foothills Rd. A Hotshot
crew is working to arrest the fire spread before it reaches the Continental Divide.
Fire growth is expected to be slow today due to wetting rain.
WEATHER: Both fires received rain yesterday. The potential for thunderstorms
and high winds are possible this afternoon and evening, and should hold
Temp: Max 78F; Humidity: 30‐50%
Wind: SW 10‐15 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
• Hwy 43 has been intermittently opened and closed depending on fire
conditions. Please check the Montana DOT website: Road Report
MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile for current status.
• Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Montana/Idaho Boarder NW to Chief
Joseph Pass and NE to Trail 3062.
• Big Hole National Battlefield is closed until further notice. North and South Van
Houten, Miner Lakes, Twin Lakes and May Creek Campgrounds are closed.
• Forest Closure orders are in effect for all three fires. Visit the Closure Section
on the Beaverhead‐Deerlodge NF and Salmon‐Challis NF websites for specifics.
STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
The Forest moved into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Campfires, stove fires, charcoal
barbecues and grills are prohibited unless using permanent fire pits or fire grates
within developed recreation sites.