Alder Creek, Trail Creek, & Christensen Fire Updates 07/27/2021
Current Size: 8,849 Acres
Current Containment: 10%
Total personnel: 310
Alder Creek Fire: On Monday, the fire was active again in the Alder Creek and
Deno Creek drainages. Crews will continue to focus efforts in those drainages on
Tuesday by improving containment lines and utilizing strategic fire operations
when necessary. Engine crews will continue to patrol and support structure
Current Size: 32,933 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 137
Trail Creek Fire: The fire has moved west of the Continental Divide into the upper
portions of Threemile Creek drainage above Gibbonsvile. The terrain is steep and
rugged with numerous snags. Crews are evaluating options for control lines
while engines continue to patrol and support structure protection in
Gibbonsville. North of Hwy 43, firefighters will continue to enhance the Lost Trail
Rd and ensure the Big Hole Battlefield and communication tower are secure.
Along the southeast fire perimeter, firefighters will continue preparing the
Foothills Road and conduct strategic firing operations as needed.
Current Size: 4,891 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 18
Christensen Fire: The Christensen Fire continued to push to the east on Monday.
On Tuesday, 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: Tuesday will again be hot and dry with temperatures in the mid 80’s
and relative humidity dropping to 11-17%. Winds will be out of the west at 10-15
MPH. Although quite dry, thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon with
lightning, gusty winds and little to no rain. Deeper moisture later this week will
result in increasing humidity s as well as better coverage of thunderstorms.
• 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: MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile 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: https://www.mtfireinfo.org
Evacuations: Beaverhead County Sheriff has evacuation orders in effect:
More info on the stages of evacuation: Evacuation Stages