Trail Creek, Alder Creek, & Christensen Fire Updates 08/29/2021



TRAIL CREEK

Location: 20 miles West of Wisdom

Star t date: July 8, 2021

Size: 39,340 acres (IR mapping-8/29)

Percent Complete: 58%

Cause: Lightning

Total personnel: 210


TRAIL CREEK FIRE:

Ground crews continue to improve and reinforce handline along the western flank near

May Creek and along the Three Mile area, east of Anderson Mountain. The line will be

"plumbed" with pumps and hoses, as a precautionary measure. Helicopter bucket drops

have effectively kept the fire "in check" along Three Mile Ridge where isolated and group

tree torching were observed. Crews continue to remove hazard trees from the May Creek

area, mop-up smoldering fuels, and monitor remaining hot spots throughout the fire.

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

resource advisors.



ALDER CREEK

Location: 7 miles west of Wise River

Star t date: July 8, 2021

Size: 14,125 acres (IR mapping-8/29)

Percent Complete: 24%

Cause: Unknown

Total personnel: 168


ALDER CREEK FIRE:

Firefighters continue to backhaul excess water-handling equipment on the west side of the

Pioneer Scenic Byway, monitor areas of heat on the fire, and assess suppression repair

needs. Heavy equipment on the northern side of the fire will work on repairing roads used

in suppression operations. Crews continue to monitor the large fuels smoldering in the

interior of the fire; no significant fire growth is expected.



CHRISTENSEN

Location:12 miles west of Wise River

Star t date: July 16, 2021

Size: 11,134 acres (IR mapping-8/29)

Percent Complete: 20%

Cause: Unknown

Total personnel: 14


CHRISTENSEN FIRE:

Heavy equipment resources will continue with cut material removal operations as weather

and safety permit. Scattered heat and visible smoke remains in the Trident Peak area,

where pockets of fuel continue to burn out within the perimeter. Forward progression of

the fire is not expected, although the fire is expected to continue slowly backing into

Bryant Creek when the winds and slope align. The south side of the fire has stalled along

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