Alder Creek, Trail Creek, And Christensen Fire Update 07/29/2021
Current Size: 8,849 Acres
Current Containment: 10%
Total personnel: 287
Alder Creek Fire: On Thursday, crews will be improving containment lines and
utilizing strategic firing operations in the Alder Creek and Bryant Creek drainages
on north edge of the fire and Deno Creek and Stine Creek drainages on the eastern
edge along Pioneer Byway. Engine crews continue to support structure protection
for residences along Hwy 43 and Pioneer Byway.
Current Size: 34,997 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 194
Trail Creek Fire: The fire is burning in rugged terrain in Threemile Creek and Nez
Perce Creek drainages west of the Continental Divide. On Thursday, crews will
continue evaluating options for control lines up and above Gibbonsville. Engine
crews will continue to support structure protection in Gibbonsville. Firefighters
will also improve the Lost Trail Rd on the northwest portion of the fire and the
Foothills Rd along the southeast. Strategic firing operations will occur as needed.
Current Size: 4,892 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 18
Christensen Fire: On Thursday, northwesterly winds will minimize fire growth to
the north. Firefighters continue to identify potential control lines using old roads,
creeks, and previous fire scars. Engine crews will continue structure contingency
planning for private homes along Hwy 43 corridor.
Smoke: The MT Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality alert for
Beaverhead and surrounding counties http://todaysair.mt.gov The ID Department
of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Pollution Forecast and Caution for
residents of Lemhi County https://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/home/map
Weather: Today will bring higher humidity and chances for thunderstorms.
Temperatures will rise to low 80’s with relative humidity 22-40%. Smoke
continues to hold in the valleys as northwesterly winds remain light between 5-
10 mph. Thunderstorms may bring lightning and gusty winds of 40-50 mph during
• Hwy 43 and Pioneer Byway remain open. Motorists are asked to slow down
and be on the alertfor firefighters, heavy smoke, and downed trees. Please
check the Montana DOT Road Report website: MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile
• Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Lemhi Pass north to Mussigbrod Creek.
• 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.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF Closures
Salmon-Challis NF: Salmon-Challis NF Closures
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect SW Montana: https://www.mtfireinfo.org
Evacuations: Beaverhead County Sheriff has Stage 2 Evacuation Orders in effect
for Alder Creek Community, Southside of Hwy 43 from Alder Creek Road to Dickie
Bridge, and the westside of Pioneer Scenic Byway from airport to Harriet Lou Road
Beaverhead Sheriff Stages of evacuation: Evacuation Stages
Lemhi County Sheriff has contacted threatened residences on west side of Trail
Creek fire in Idaho and placed in “Set” evacuation status. Info: 208-756-8980.