SSE of Hamilton, MT
11 mins, 58 secs ago
Thursday, July 8, 2021 2:26 PM MDT
Timber Dead Standing
19,862 acres, high spread potential 50% dead and standing timber
Primary Fire Agency
US Forest Service — Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Incident Overview Updated: 10 hours, 32 mins ago
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
Date of Origin:
Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
20 miles West of Wisdom, MT on HWY 43
Alan Sinclair, Southwest Type 1 Team #1
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday, November 1, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
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.
Moderate fire activity with flanking, backing and single tree torching.
A day of drying has increased fire behavior.
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.
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.
Alder Creek andTrail Creek Fire Information
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