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Alder Creek, Trail Creek, & Christensen Fire At 46,674 Combined Acres Burned

Alder Creek

Current Size: 8,849 Acres

Current Containment: 10%

Resources Assigned:

Total personnel: 308

Alder Creek Fire: On Wednesday, crews will be improving containment lines and

utilizing strategic firing operations in the Alder Creek area 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.

Trail Creek

Current Size: 32,933 Acres

Current Containment: 0%

Resources Assigned:

Total personnel: 181

Trail Creek Fire: The fire is burning in rugged terrain in Threemile Creek and Nez

Perce Creek drainages just west of the Continental Divide. On Wednesday, crews

will be evaluating options for control lines 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%

Resources Assigned:

Total personnel: 18

Christensen Fire: Firefighters will 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.

Weather: Today will bring an increase in humidity and a chance for

thunderstorms. Temperatures will rise to low 80’s but may cool during the

afternoons due to thickening cloud cover. Smoke looks to hold strong in the

valleys and drainages as northwest winds remain below 10 mph. Chance of

thunderstorms in the late afternoon may bring lightning and gusty winds.

Major Closures:

• Hwy 43 remains open. Motorists are asked to slow down and be on the alert

for firefighters, heavy smoke, and downed trees. Please check the Montana

DOT Road Report website: for current status.

• 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:

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.

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