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.