Alder Creek Fire prompts area closure

(BUTTE, Mont.) – The still-growing Alder Creek Fire west of Wise River has prompted the Bureau of Land Management to close portions of the surrounding area due to public safety concerns.

The closure order takes effect immediately for all BLM-managed lands southwest of Montana Highway 43 between Wise River and the intersection of Mill Creek Road.

“Hazardous fuels exist throughout the landscape, and with the high potential for active fire behavior, we are temporarily closing the area to protect the public and give firefighters space to do their work,” said Butte Field Manager Lindsey Babcock.

The Alder Creek Fire, first reported on July 8, was at 282 acres this morning, with more active fire days in the forecast. For the most current information, visit the incident’s page on InciWeb:

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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