Sand Lake
30.9 mi
SW of Butte, MT
3 weeksago
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
10 mins, 11 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:53 PM MDT
Dispatch Notes:
43 acres// minimal growth overnight// picking up this afternoon
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 2 hours, 22 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Sand Lake Fire

A Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team, Incident Commander Rick Connell, assumed command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The team is managing the Alder Creek, Trail Creek, and Sand Lake fires. 

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 in extremely rugged and rocky terrain. Crews are monitoring fire activity, but little growth has occurred for several days.

Forest Closure Orders are in effect for the fire areas. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices) webpage.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
12 miles Northeast of Wisdom, Montana
Incident Commander:
Rick Connell, Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT
45.636, -113.236
Size (Acres):
Fuels Involved:
Dead, down and standing timber
Significant Events:
Minimal, creeping, smoldering

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Fire is remote and will be monitored by air.
Projected Incident Activity:
Minimal activity
Fire is being managed by a Type 2 Northern Rockies, IMT, Rick Connell IC. The team is also managing, Alder Creek and Trail Creek Fires.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
A warming and drying trend continued across the fire today as the high pressure ridging aloft moved across the region. Southwest winds began to increase during the afternoon, gusting as high as 20 to 25 mph at times.

Elevated fire weather conditions are expected Sunday through Monday evening as increasingly warmer and drier conditions coincide with increasing southwest winds gusting as high as 30 mph during the afternoon periods, especially on ridgetops. Moderate overnight humidity recovery on the mid-slopes and ridges will also occur tonight through Monday night. A cold front will bring a brief shot of rain and/or snow Tuesday and much cooler and more humid conditions Tuesday into Wednesday.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Sandlake, Alder, Trail Creek, Christensen Info
Email: 2021.aldercreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-624-9452
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 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