Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:42:08 AM MDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Alder Creek Fire
Last Updated
Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:14 AM MDT
(28 mins, 6 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:53 PM MDT
(2 months ago)
Incident Type
19 miles SW of Butte, MT
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
4 acres burning in heavy dead and down
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview


The Alder Creek Fire started on July 8, 2021 approximately 7 miles West of Wise River, Montana, in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The cause of the Alder Creek Fire has not been determined. The fire terrain is made up of forest timber with underbrush and heavy fuel loads of dead and down lodgepole pine. The surrounding valleys are characterized by short sage and grass mix. Fire crews are concentrating their efforts on constructing indirect containment lines, while providing structure protection on existing cabins and sites along the Wise River and Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway. 

The fire is being managed by the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team #6, Incident Commander Jay Winfield.. 

Forest Closure Orders are in effect for the fire area. For the most up to date information, visit Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and BLM Butte Field Office

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Thursday July 08th, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
7-8 air miles west of Wise River, MT
Incident Commander
Jay Winfield, Northern Rockies Team #6
Incident Description
45.79, -113.101
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Wednesday December 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Significant Events
Once inversion lifts unchecked areas become active and remain active until after dark.
Planned Actions
Crews continue structure protection where needed and implement operations to keep fire South of Highway 43 and West of Highway 73. Complete black line along
Bryant Creek Road. And continue to monitor and improve containment lines.
Projected Incident Activity
Fire will remain active in the North and Northeast sections and have spread potential in unsecured areas.
Fire managers have updated their assessment of accomplishments on the fires, listing percent completion or objectives, rather than percent containment. Percent completion of objectives more accurately captures and reports the specific amount of work accomplished on the ground to manage fire spread and reduce the negative impacts to communities, infrastructure, and other identified values.

The Christensen fire has burned into the Alder Creek fire and the two fires will reported together as the Alder Fire.
Weather Concerns
Critical fire weather conditions Wednesday with strong dry cold frontal passage. Red Flag Warning over fire areas likely. Continued warm and dry with no precipitation until at least Friday evening.
Incident Contact
Alder Creek & Trail Creek Fire Information
Email: 2021.AlderCreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-624-9452
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
Dispatch Contact
Dillon Interagency Communication Center | Dillon, MT
Phone: 406-683-3975
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/mtddc/
Incident Map

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