Current Size: 6,298 Acres
Current Containment: 3%
Total personnel: 303
Hand crews: 6
Alder Creek Fire: The fire continued slow growth yesterday toward Hwy 43 and
the Pioneer Scenic Byway corridors. Crews remain focused on stopping the main
fire by using tactical fire to remove burnable fuels, but rain has slowed firing
operations. Crews will continue to improve containment lines and protect
structures today in preparation of dryer and warmer conditions arriving
Current Size: 24,143 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 147
Hand Crews: 4
Trail Creek Fire: The fire continued to push slowly east along the Hwy 43 corridor.
Strategic firing at the Big Hole National Battlefield protected adjacent private
structures and the Visitor Center. Firefighters will continue holding lines and
working hotspots. South of Hwy 43, the plan is to hold the fire on Butler Creek
where it intersects with Foothills Rd. Along the Continental Divide, crews are
focusing suppression efforts to keep the fire out of the Salmon-Challis NF and
protect the community of Gibbonsville, by improving existing fuel breaks along
the western fire perimeter.
Current Size: 214 Acres
Current Containment: 0%
Resources Assigned: 1
Total personnel: 1
Christensen Fire: Fire is backing into Toomey Creek drainage. No structures are
threatened at this time. Firefighters are identifying control lines using old roads
and natural features such as creeks and old fire scars.
WEATHER: Isolated thunderstorms are possible today - mainly south and east of
the Alder Creek fire. A drying trend begins later today with breezy westerly winds
behind a cold front. This could lead to a brief period of critical fire weather
conditions. Drier and breezy conditions are expected Friday with no chance of
precipitation. A Fire Watch has been issued for Friday starting at noon.
Temp: Max 80F; Humidity: 20-25%
Wind: WNW 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon.
• Hwy 43 has been intermittently opened and closed depending on fire
conditions. Please check the Montana DOT Road Report website:
MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile for current status.
• Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Montana/Idaho border NW to Chief
Joseph Pass and NE to Trail 3062.
• 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. Visit the Closure Section
on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF and Salmon-Challis NF websites for specifics.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest issued a revised closure order on July
19, 2021, to include additional campgrounds, trails, and recreation areas. Please
visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more details.