Alder Creek, Trail Creek, & Christensen Fire Updates 08/27/2021

TRAIL CREEK

Location: 20 miles West of Wisdom

Star t date: July 8, 2021

Size: 39,305 acres (IR mapping-8/27)

Percent Complete: 58%

Cause: Lightning

Total personnel: 200


TRAIL CREEK FIRE:

Heavy equipment crews completed the debris clean-up operation along the Highway 43

MDOT closure. MDOT re-opened the Highway 43 closure area yesterday afternoon.

Ground crews completed handline construction along the western flank near May Creek

and along the Three Mile Creek ridge; crews will improve this line and monitor for hot

spots. Helicopters assisted with bucket drops yesterday and will continue to be available

to assist today. Crews will continue mop-up operations and close monitoring of

remaining hot spots throughout the fire. Crews continue to work on a suppression

repair plan.



ALDER CREEK

Location: 7 miles west of Wise River

Star t date: July 8, 2021

Size: 14,112 acres (IR mapping-8/27)

Percent Complete: 24%

Cause: Unknown

Total personnel: 192


ALDER CREEK FIRE:

Firefighters continue to assess and backhaul excess water-handling equipment no longer

needed, monitor areas of heat on the fire, and assess suppression repair needs. Heavy

equipment on the northern side of the fire completed wood chipping operations and

will work on repairing roads used in suppression operations. Crews continue to monitor

the large fuels smoldering in the interior of the fire, south of Highway 43 and west of

the Pioneer Scenic Byway; no fire growth is expected.



CHRISTENSEN

Location:12 miles west of Wise River

Star t date: July 16, 2021

Size: 11,120 acres (IR mapping-8/27)

Percent Complete: 20%

Cause: Unknown

Total personnel: 14


CHRISTENSEN FIRE:

Heavy equipment resources will continue tree removal operations as weather and safety

permits. Scattered heat and visible smoke remains in the Trident Peak area. Forward

progression of the fire is not expected. The fire has stalled along the Pattengail Fire

footprint, which has served as a natural barrier for confining the fire.



TODAY'S WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR: