Closure area expands for fires near Wise River

(BUTTE, Mont.) – Due to increased fire activity near the Big Hole River, the Bureau of Land Management expanded the area closure Tuesday.

The new closure order, updating the previous Fire Prevention Order signed July 12, takes effect immediately for all BLM-managed lands south of Montana Highway 43 along the Big Hole River from Harriet Lou Creek west toward Wisdom.

The three major fires burning in the popular recreation corridor—Alder Creek, Trail Creek, and Christensen—have been dampened with rain from recent storms, and firefighting teams are continuing to hold and improve containment lines and protect structures in the area.

As of this morning, the Trail Creek Fire was at 23,875 acres; the Alder Creek Fire was 5,676 acres; and the newer Christensen Fire was 210 acres.

For the most current information, visit the fires’ pages on InciWeb:

Trail Creek Fire:

Alder Creek Fire:

Christensen Fire:

For the latest on fire restrictions in the state, visit


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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David Abrams