Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Friday, October 22, 2021 1:03:31 AM MDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Sand Lake Fire
Last Updated
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:44 AM MDT
(19 mins, 30 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:53 PM MDT
(1 month ago)
Incident Type
30.9 miles SW of Butte, MT
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
43 acres// minimal growth overnight// picking up this afternoon
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Sand Lake fire started on September 1, 2021 approximately 11 miles northeast of Wise River, Montana. Located on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the fire is burning in a Wilderness Study Area and is  extremely rugged and rocky terrain.

Forest Closure orders have been rescinded: Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov) for most up to date information on closures. 

Fire activity is minimal due to the weather and shorter cooler nights. Occasional smoke could be visible on warmer drier days.  Use caution in the fire area. Watch for snags and falling trees.

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Wednesday September 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 PM
12 miles Northeast of Wisdom, Montana
Incident Commander
Paul Diaz, Whitney Machado (T)
Incident Description
45.636, -113.236
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Monday November 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Significant Events
Minimal, creeping, smoldering
Planned Actions
Monitor by air.
Projected Incident Activity
Minimal activity
Effective at 0600 on 10/8/21, the Alder Creek Fire will be managed by a Type 3 IMT with Paul Diaz as IC. The Type 3 team will also take command of the Trail Creek and Sand Lake Fires.
This will be the last daily 209 report for the Sand Lake fire unless a significant event occurs.
Weather Concerns

Unsettled weather continues with another round of showers during the day on Friday and wetting rains possible. A largely dry weekend is forecast with cooler temperatures and lowering humidity values. Thereafter, a significant storm system begins to push into the area late Sunday/early Monday, bringing strong winds, significantly colder air, and potential for accumulating snowfall. Below average temperatures are expected to prevail through much of next week.
Incident Contact
Catherine McRae
Email: catherine.mcrae@usda.gov
Phone: 406-925-5535
Hours: M-S 0700 to 1900
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
Phone: 406-683-3975
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/mtddc/
Incident Map

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