Terrain Satellite
Bitterroot Spring RX 2021
51.8 mi
S of Missoula, MT
6 days
it's burned for
Last Updated:
1 day, 9 hours ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 11:45 AM MDT

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Incident Overview Updated: 1 day, 8 hours ago

Incident Photo for the Bitterroot Spring RX 2021 Fire

See the 'Announcements' and 'News' Tabs for the latest information on planned prescribed burns.

Pending favorable conditions, underburning operations could begin as soon as Wednesday, March 31, on the Darby/Sula Ranger DistrictUnderburning, a type of prescribed fire treatment, ignites vegetation under the forest canopy and focuses on the consumption of surface fuels.  Over the next two months, the Bitterroot National Forest is planning to implement numerous prescribed burning projects.  Timing of the burns will be dependent on favorable weather conditions and good smoke dispersion. 


Interactive Planned Prescribed Fire Map 

PDF Prescribed Burning Map 

Treatment areas include:

Darby/Sula Ranger District – 2,300 acres are planned:

  • Waddell Units, south of Lake Como

  • Como/Horse Lick, south of Lost Horse and north of Lake Como- 168 acres complete 

  • Trapper Bunkhouse, SW of Darby between Little Tin Cup & McCoy Creeks  

  • Cameron Blue and Middle East Fork, along East Fork road near Guide Creek and Tolan Ridge

  • Sula Ranger Station, horse pasture and ditches- 10 acres complete

West Fork Ranger District – 1,200 acres are planned:

  • Lower West Fork Units, south of Trapper Creek and north of Lloyd Creek  

  • School Point Ecoburn Units, west of Boulder Creek and east of Halford Creek

  • Soda Springs Ecoburn, east of Little West Fork, west of Halford Creek along Forest Road 5633B

  • Frazier Interface, south of Pierce Creek and north of Baker Creek  

  • Horse Pasture north of confluence of Nez Perce Fork & West Fork Rivers at Lone Pine Helibase

Stevensville Ranger District– 1,000 acres are planned:

  • Larry Bass Units, within the Bass Creek Recreation Area north of Stevensville

  • Sweeney Creek Units, west of Florence

  • Three Saddle Units, Sapphire Mountains east of Stevensville  

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Prescribed Fire
Bitterroot National Forest
Incident Description:
To Reduce Potential For Large Wildfires, Remove Excess Vegetation, And Improve Overall Forest Health, The Bitterroot National Forest Is Planning To Implement Spring Prescribed Burning Projects This Spring.
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Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Tod McKay
Email: tod.mckay@usda.gov
Phone: 406-363-7122
Hours: M-F 9-6
Fire Unit Information
Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840