Trail Creek
40.6 mi
SSE of Hamilton, MT
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
11 mins, 58 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Thursday, July 8, 2021 2:26 PM MDT
BOND S. E-631
Timber Dead Standing
Dispatch Notes:
19,862 acres, high spread potential 50% dead and standing timber
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 10 hours, 32 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Trail Creek Fire

The Trail Creek Fire started on July 8, 2021 approximately 20 miles West of Wisdom, Montana, as the result of lightning. The fire terrain is made up of forest timber with 2 feet high underbrush and heavy fuel loads of dead and down Lodgepole Pine. Fire crews are constructing indirect containment lines, while providing structure protection on existing cabins and sites at the National Park Service Big Hole Battlefield. 

The fire is being managed by the Southwest Type 1 Team #1, Incident Commander Alan Sinclair. 
Forest Closure orders are in effect for the area. Please see Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and Salmon-Challis National Forest for most up to date information on closures. 

For information on the up evacuation status and preparation level please contact Lemhi County Sheriff  Info: 208-756-8980.

Operational update videos are posted each morning. 
To view these videos and other updates, visit Alder Creek and Trail Creek Fires Facebook

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
20 miles West of Wisdom, MT on HWY 43
Incident Commander:
Alan Sinclair, Southwest Type 1 Team #1
45.683, -113.854

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday, November 1, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)

Heavy fuel loading of dead and down Lodgepole Pine. Valleys can be characterized as short sage and grass mix.
Significant Events:
Moderate fire activity with flanking, backing and single tree torching.

A day of drying has increased fire behavior.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Continue line prep from lost trail road to rat creek. Structure group will continue to improve structure prep around the community of Gibbonsville. Line construction on ridge west of main fire above Gibbonsville continuing 2-3 days until completed. Continue to construct mechanized and hand line from Gory Creek SW to Gibbonsville Road. The primary effort of resources on the trail creek incident is constructing mechanized line on identified ridge systems west of the fires edge on the Idaho side near 3-mile creek and adjacent ridges to reduce/prevent the need to use Hwy 93 as the primary control feature.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Low to moderate fire behavior is expected overnight.

24 hours: A day of drying will bring fuels into a condition to support fire. Afternoon fire behavior will increase to active with some movement.

48 hours: An increase in moisture from precipitation will moderate fire behavior.

72 hours: Low humidity along with winds will dry the fuels, allowing fire behavior to increase.

Anticipated after 72 hours: More moisture will keep fire behavior moderate to low. Very little movement is expected.
SW IMT Team 1 is also managing the Alder Creek, Christensen and Black Mountain Fires.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Today was another very warm and dry day. Temperatures climbed into the 80s, as relative humidity values dropped into the teens. Isolated high-based showers and a few dry thunderstorms developed across the region this afternoon.

On Thursday, a Red Flag Warning is in effect for 1200 to 2400 hours, as a mixture of wet and dry thunderstorms are anticipated to bring strong outflow winds, possibly in excess of 50 mph, to southwest Montana. While winds and cloud-to-ground lightning are the primary concern with these thunderstorms, large hail is also possible. Little to no precipitation is expected with these thunderstorms. Temperatures are expected to warm into the upper 70s, near 80, with relative humidity values dropping into the 15 to 25 % range.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Alder Creek andTrail 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