Terrain
Satellite
OSM
Alder Creek
FIRE
7,281
acres
19 mi
SW of Butte, MT
10%
contained
Fire Status:
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
33 mins, 32 secs ago
Incident #:
2021-MTBDF-006269
Fire Start:
Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:53 PM MDT
Resources:
HENNAGER
Dispatch Notes:
4 acres burning in heavy dead and down
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 4 hours, 34 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Alder Creek Fire

The Alder Creek Fire started on July 8, 2021 approximately 7 miles West of Wise River, Montana. Located on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the cause of the Alder Creek Fire has not been determined. Fire crews are exploring options for constructing indirect containment lines, while providing structure protection on existing cabins and sites along the Wise River and Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway. The Southern Area Blue, Type I Incident Management Team assumed management of the Alder Creek and Trail Creek Fires on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13.
 
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest moved into Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. Campfires and stove fires (including charcoal barbecues and grills) are prohibited in the area. Propane stoves, grills or lanterns that include shut-off valves are permitted when used in an area at least 3 feet or more from flammable material. Smoking, unless in a vehicle, a building, or an area three feet in diameter cleared of vegetation, is also restricted.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Unknown
Date of Origin:
Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
Location:
7-8 air miles west of Wise River MT
Incident Commander:
Mark Morales, Type 1 Team
Incident Description:
Wildfire
Coordinates:
45.79, -113.101

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
319
Size (Acres):
7,281
Containment:
10%
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday, November 1, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Medium Logging Slash
Heavy dead and down and standing beetle kill.
Significant Events:
Active fire behavior with uphill runs and single and group tree torching.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Sinclair's SW IMT1 will be shadowing tomorrow in preparation transfer of command. Structure
protection/point protection around threatened primary structures. Continue construction on indirect line
between fire and structures as overhead allow. Strategic firing using burn out along primary control line
around adjacent primary structures.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Fire spread will continue in all directions. Backing, creeping, and smoldering will through the night.

24 hours: Fire activity will increase as fuels dry and RH values drop into the mid to low teens. Upslope runs will promote single tree and group tree torching when terrain and wind align.

48 hours: Fire activity will increase as fuels dry and RH values drop into the mid to low teens. Upslope runs will promote single tree and group tree torching when terrain and wind align.

72 hours: Fire will be threatening 146 primary structures along Hwy 43 and may be threatening the Pioneer Scenic Byway with additional structures. Fire activity will increase as fuels dry and RH values drop into the mid to low teens. Upslope runs will promote single tree and group tree torching when terrain and wind align.

Anticipated after 72 hours:
Fire will be threatening an additional 28 primary structures along Hwy 43, an additional 20 primary structures along Hwy 73, and may be threatening the Pioneer Scenic Byway with additional structures.
Remarks:
Fire has potential for large fire growth and will threaten numerous structures and affect HWY 43 and the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway. The fire will cross multiple jurisdictions.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
High pressure will bring continued hot and dry conditions early this week. West winds will increase slightly from what we saw Saturday with RHs remaining at critical levels. This will create near critical fire weather conditions across the area. Skies look to remain very hazy from the smoke being generated by
surrounding fires.

Expect similar hot, dry and windy conditions Monday before
monsoon moisture arrives and brings a chance for showers and
storms midweek.

Incident Contact

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
406-683-3975
https://gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/mtddc/