Divide Bridge Campground re-opens after being closed for fire operations

(BUTTE, Mont.) – Divide Bridge Campground has re-opened after being closed for a month while crews fighting nearby wildfires used the Bureau of Land Management’s recreation site as a base camp.

The campground and day-use area, 30 miles south of Butte, were closed to the public to allow crews fighting the Alder Creek, Trail Creek, and Christensen fires to conduct operations and planning at a safer distance from the heavy smoke.

“We appreciate the public’s understanding and support during this busy wildfire season,” said Lindsey Babcock, Butte BLM Field Manager. “There was enormous value in our being able to provide a space like the Divide Campground for firefighting crews to take a break from the thick smoke closer to the fires.”

As of today, the Trail Creek Fire was at 39,243 acres; Alder Creek Fire was 14,066 acres; and the Christensen Fire was at 11,089 acres. Smoke levels in the area have dissipated enough in recent days to allow the campground and day-use areas to be re-opened safely.

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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