Sand Lake
31.2 mi
SW of Butte, MT
2 weeksago
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
1 hour ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 6:00 AM MDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 15 hours, 22 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Sand Lake Fire

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. Crews are monitoring fire activity and working with heavy equipment to create fuel breaks to protect values at risk. Fire is moving slowly and growth is minimal. 

The fire is being managed by the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team #6, Incident Commander Jay Winfield, along with Alder, Christensen, and Trail Creek fires.
Forest Closure Orders are in effect for the fire area. Please see up to date closure orders at Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF Closure 


Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
12 miles Northeast of Wisdom, Montana
Incident Commander:
Jay Winfield, Northern Rockies Team #6
45.636, -113.236
Size (Acres):
Fuels Involved:
Dead, down and standing timber
Significant Events:
Fire is well sheltered and fuels are not fully dried from the earlier precipitation so activity is minimal.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Fire is in a remote area that is not accessible by ground resources. No values at risk are threatened at this time and due to a lack of resources, will remain unstaffed.
Projected Incident Activity:
Very little growth with smoldering and creeping.
Fire is being managed by NR Team 6, Jay Winfield IC. The team is also managing, Alder Creek and Trail Creek Fires.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Critical fire weather conditions Wednesday with strong dry cold frontal passage. Red Flag Warning over fire areas likely. Continued warm and dry with no precipitation until at least Friday evening

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