Fire Updates & Forest Closures For Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

The Beaverhead DeerLodge National Forest District has released updates on the fires in our area.




  • Goose Fire Forest Closure Order

  • North Meadow Creek Trail Closure Order (due to bridge out)

  • Trail Creek Fire Forest Closure Order

  • Alder Creek Fire Forest Closure Order

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Forest Order


Trail Creek Fire


WHAT: Wildland Fire

DATE OF DETECTION: July 8, 2021

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: 440 acres

CONTAINMENT: 0%

LOCATION 20 miles west of Wisdom, MT, north of Hwy 43 near Shoofly Creek


JURISDICTION: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest


PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE:Four (4) engines, one (1) Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) crew, two (2) helicopter and miscellaneous support under a Type 3 organization.


NARRATIVE: The Trail Creek Fire was caused by lightning and was detected July 8, 2021. This fire is located on the Wisdom Ranger District and is approximately 440 acres in an area difficult for firefighters to access due to rough terrain, numerous snags, and a significant amount of dead and down trees.


YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY:The fire burned actively to the south crossing Hwy 43 to the south. Two (2) helicopters dropped water to try and slow the spread of the fire. Crews constructed an indirect line to protect the private property at Trail Creek.


TODAY’S PLAN: Monitor progression of the fire south of Hwy 43, keep fire west of the Trail Creek Road (FS road #3120)and east of the 7 Mile Cutoff Road.


TODAY’S WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR: Hot dry conditions will persist through Saturday as high pressure strengthens and drops relative humidity (RH) and raises temperatures each day. Winds will be northwest 6-8 mph.




Alder Creek Fire


WHAT: Wildland Fire DATE OF DETECTION: July 8, 2021 CAUSE: Lightning CURRENT SIZE: 30 acres CONTAINMENT: 0% LOCATION: 7 miles west of Wise River, SW of HW-43

JURISDICTION: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

COOPERATING AGENCIES: US Forest Service, Beaverhead County

Due to the difficult terrain, significant down fuel, and numerous snags in the area, it is unsafe for firefighters to engage the fire. The local sheriff has contacted homeowners in the area and the Incident Commander is actively assessing and working to create defensible space. Full suppression measures are being taken, including utilizing aircraft for point protection for values at risk.



Goose Fire


Current as of 7/10/2021, 8:05:15 AM

Incident Type: Wildfire

Cause: Unknown

Date of Origin: Wednesday July 07th, 2021 approx. 10:10 AM

Location: 32 miles SSE of Ennis, MT near Hoodoo Pass

Incident Commander: BDNF


Current Situation


Total Personnel 93

Size 400 Acres Estimated

Containment Date: Wednesday October 13th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events Active, running, torching


Outlook


Projected Incident Activity:

The fire will continue to spread at a moderate pace.

Remarks:

An infrared flight on July 10 more accurately mapped the fire at 691 acres.






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