24.2 mi
SW of Butte, MT
1 weekago
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
39 mins, 58 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Friday, July 16, 2021 2:13 PM MDT
Timber And Brush
Dispatch Notes:
141 acres
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 7 hours, 20 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Christensen Fire

The Christensen Fire started on July 16, 2021 approximately 12 miles West of Wise River, Montana. Located on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the cause of the Christensen Fire has not been determined.

Find maps and details about fire suppression operations on the Alder fire webpage at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7641/ 

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:
Date of Origin:
Friday, July 16, 2021 2:15 PM MDT
12 Miles West of Wise River, MT
Incident Commander:
Mark Morales, ICT1 Southern Area Blue Team
45.781, -113.226

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday, November 1, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (litter and understory)
Significant Events:
Active fire with short crown runs and single tree and group torching

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Identify Primary and Alternative control lines. Establish MAPs in WFDSS. Strategic operations group will engage Agency administrators in strategic risk analysis. Sinclair SW Type 1 IMT will be shadowing the Southern Area Blue Team on Sunday, July 25th.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Backing and flanking anticipated through the night.

24 hours: Fire will likely spread in all directions. Wind, slope, and weather will influence the rate of spread. Short uphill runs with single tree torching is expected.
Two fire engines have been assigned to the fire.

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 mid-week.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Alder Creek and Trail Creek Fire Information
Email: 2021.aldercreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-624-9452
Hours: 8 AM- 8PM
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