Current Size: 6,522 Acres
Current Containment: 3%
Total personnel: 322
Hand crews: 6
Alder Creek Fire: Today has the potential for increased fire activity due to the
higher temperature and lower humidity. Increased smoke is expected to be
visible today. Crews remain focused on improving containment lines and
Current Size: 24,435 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 147
Hand Crews: 4
Trail Creek Fire: The fire is holding on Montana side of state border. Firefighters
will continue holding lines and working hotspots by improving existing fuel breaks
along the western fire perimeter. A high area of focus is continued work creating
a shaded fuel break along Anderson Road. Along the Continental Divide, crews
are focusing suppression efforts to keep the fire out of the Salmon-Challis NF and
protect the community of Gibbonsville. Firefighters will continue preparing
Foothills Rd on the southeast fire perimeter.
Current Size: 229 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Resources Assigned: 1
Total personnel: 1
Christensen Fire: Fire is backing into Toomey Creek drainage. No structures are
threatened at this time. Firefighters are identifying control lines using old roads
and natural features such as creeks and old fire scars.
WEATHER: Red Flag warning to take effect today at 12:00 PM. Drier and warmer
conditions expected across southwest Montana today. Winds are expected to
shift to the western/northwestern direction and could gust to 25 mph. Hot, dry,
and windy conditions are expected across southwest Montana with westerly
wind gusting to 25 mph. Mostly sunny skies with smoke and haze around the
Temp: Max 82-88 F; Humidity: 13-17%
Wind: WNW 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.
• Hwy 43 has been intermittently opened and closed depending on fire
conditions. Please check the Montana DOT Road Report website:
MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile for current status.
• Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Montana/Idaho border 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 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS TO BE PUT IN PLACE 12:00 AM TONIGHT:
Interagency fire management officials in southwestern Montana will enact
Stage II fire restrictions effective midnight, Friday, July 23, 2021. Up to date fire
restriction information and a web-based map can be found at