Alder Creek, Trail Creek, & Christensen Fire Update 08/25/2021



TRAIL CREEK

Location: 20 miles West of Wisdom

Star t date: July 8, 2021

Size: 39,264 acres (IR mapping-8/25)

Percent Contained: 26%

Cause: Lightning

Total personnel: 218


TRAIL CREEK FIRE:

Warmer temperatures resulted in a slight increase in fire activity yesterday,

particularly along the western flank of the fire. Torching and creeping continues

predominantly within the fire's interior, posing little threat to the perimeter of the

fire line. Ground crews will continue line work along the western flank near May

Creek and along the Three Mile Creek ridge; a large helicopter will assist with bucket

drops if needed. Crews will continue mop-up operations and close monitoring of

remaining hot spots throughout the fire. Heavy equipment crews continue debris

clean up along Hwy 43 in the Montana DOT closure area.


Crews continue to work on a suppression repair plan in consultation with Tribal

officials and representatives from the National Park Service, Big Hole Battlefield.



ALDER CREEK

Location: 7 miles west of Wise River

Star t date: July 8, 2021

Size: 14,108 acres (IR mapping-8/25)

Percent Contained: 15%

Cause: Unknown

Total personnel: 176


ALDER CREEK FIRE:

Interior burning increased yesterday due to increased drying conditions and

smoldering of heavy fuels; however, activity should slow with the coming cool

weather. Crews continue to monitor containment of the fire south of Highway 43 and

west of the Pioneer Scenic Byway. Firefighters continue to assess and backhaul excess

water-handling equipment no longer needed.



CHRISTENSEN

Location:12 miles west of Wise River

Star t date: July 16, 2021

Size: 11,109 acres (IR mapping-8/25)

Percent Contained: 15%

Cause: Unknown

Total personnel: 13


CHRISTENSEN FIRE:

Fire personnel continue to contain the fire south and east of Highway 43, while

minimizing impacts to communities and infrastructure. IR flights reveal increased

scattered heat in the Trident Peak area due to the drying trend from the past few

days. Crews continue to look for opportunities to limit fire spread onto private