Brownstone Fire


Incident #: FNF-280
Fire Start: 8 months ago
Location: 24.7 miles E of Condon, MT
Acres: 4,071
Agency: Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center (MT-KIC)
Dispatch Notes: Protection agency: sbrd - bob marshall wilderness - 4071 acres, lightning, controlled @ 0800 10/30 | Contain: 10/25/18 1200 control: 10/30/18 0800

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 4 days ago — The Brownstone Fire was detected on August 2nd, 2018. The fire is burning in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and was ignited by lightning on July 28th. As a result of significant fire activity in the mouth of the Brownstone Creek drainage on September 8th, the decision was made to begin firing operations during favorable conditions on September 9th in order to secure the south end of the historic Big Prairie Ranger Station compound. Fire personnel constructed a fire line using a trail plow drug by a mule – you can find an example of trail plow use here: The line is anchored at the creek that held the 2011 Hammer Creek Fire and runs along the south end of the jack leg fence at compound. Firefighters took advantage of the favorable conditions and implemented the burnout as planned. The firing operation continued into the evening hours of September 9th, and successfully completed securing the south end of the compound....


Incident Contact
Spotted Bear Ranger District
Phone: 406-758-5376
Hours: 7 days/week; 8am - 4:30pm
Fire Unit Information
Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 01:45 PM
Brownstone Creek/Brown Sandstone Peak in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Incident Commander
Duty Officer
Incident Description
The Fire Management Strategy Is Point And Zone Protection.

Current Situation

Total Personnel
4,070 Acres
Estimated Containment Date
Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 08:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (litter and understory), heavy timber and snags.


Planned Actions
Monitor fire with aerial resources and on the ground at Big Prairie Work Center. Preposition personnel and equipment at Big Prairie Work Center in anticipation of point protection around structures. Crews continue to implement structure protection plans. Area and trail closure around Big Prairie effective midnight on Saturday, August 18th.
The Big Prairie Work Center is a major center of USFS operations for the South Fork area. It hosts corrals, dispersed camping, and several structures on the National Register of Historic Places. It is actively used for administrative purposes.