By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: October 19, 2021

(BUTTE, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office has lifted its closures in the Big Hole River area, invoked due to the Alder Creek Fire.

The order signed by Butte BLM Field Manager Lindsey Babcock rescinds the previous small-scale closure for BLM-administered lands south of Highway 43 and south of the Big Hole River, to include Tie Creek Road.

“We rescinded the closure on the Alder Creek fire due to changing weather conditions and lack of fire activity in the area,” Babcock said.

Because work crews were unable to complete some fire line repair work in the Alder Creek Fire area due to recent snowfall, some routes may appear to be open to motorized travel when they’re not.

The public is reminded that BLM Route #189002b in Tie Creek is a motorized route which is closed from Dec. 2 to May 15, and Route #1890002c east of Teddy Creek is open to “snowmobile only,” according to the field office’s Upper Big Hole Travel Management Plan decision.

“We will complete necessary repairs along the route as soon as we are able,” Babcock said. “Until then, we ask the public to adhere to the current Travel Management Plan decision which limits travel on the Tie Creek Road and only allows snowmobiles east of Teddy Creek.”

For more information, call the Butte Field Office at (406) 533-7600.

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