Size: 13,984 Acres
Location: 7 miles west of
Wise River, MT
Start Date: July 8, 2021
Total personnel: 279
Alder Creek Fire: Smoke and cloud cover limited fire behavior across the area and
kept movement slower than expected. Aircraft were able to drop water on the Deno
Creek and Stine Ridge areas to keep heat down on the southeast section of the fire.
Logging operations continued to remove downed trees from surrounding roads. Crews also
tested and ran water pumps for structure protection near the Pioneer Scenic Byway.
Size: 38,845 Acres
Location: 20 miles west of
Start Date: July 8, 2021
Total personnel: 273
Trail Creek Fire: Aircraft dropped water on hot spots that remained in areas north of the
Big Hole Battlefield. Fire could move slowly through Salix Creek, but will run into wet
meadow barriers. Heat remains in the Gory Creek drainage with a little movement to the
south. The fire moved off of Three Mile Ridge and backed into the bottom of the Nez Perce
drainage. There will be an increase in firefighter presence in the area between Gibbonsville
and Three Mile Creek to ensure the fire doesn’t cross Gibbonsville Rd. Crews worked to
improve defensive lines around the fire with lookouts posted to identify fire growth to the
west. This early detection allows crews to take swift suppression actions.
Size: 11,012 Acres
Location: 12 miles west of Wise
Start Date: July 16, 2021
Total personnel: 52
Christensen Fire: Crews took advantage of the weather conditions to continue
constructing lines on the northwest side of the fire. These defensive lines near Highway 43
are nearly complete. Fire movement was contained to the interior of the fire. Due to the
incoming cold front, fire growth is expected to be minimal through Wednesday.
Size: 1,042 Acres
Location: 13 miles south of
Start Date: July 17, 2021
Black Mountain Fire: No fire activity has been reported for nearly two weeks now. As
chipping operations along Forest Service Road 7335 near completion, resources will
become available for other fires. Crews continue to patrol and monitor the fire perimeter.
Fire Weather Today: The weather shifted with increased winds Monday evening, helping
clear some smoke from the area, however drift smoke from the south and southwest
remains. Cloud cover along with the smoke kept fire behavior minimal. A new weather
pattern will bring precipitation to the area Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday
afternoon. Cooling temperatures and increased humidity will create favorable conditions
for minimum fire growth.