Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:40:11 PM MST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Indian Ridge Fire
Last Updated
Friday, September 30, 2022 1:00 PM MDT
(2 months ago)
Fire Reported
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 6:00 PM MDT
(5 months ago)
Incident Type
29.3 miles WSW of Darby, MT
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Indian Ridge Fire started by lightning on July 7th in the Indian Creek drainage in Idaho’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. It is burning five miles from the Idaho/Montana border and is approximately 30 miles southwest of Darby, MT.

The fire is burning in very steep, rugged, and remote terrain with heavy surface fuels and dead standing timber making access for firefighters difficult and dangerous.

Fire managers are utilizing a point protection strategy to prevent any critical wilderness infrastructure from being negatively impacted by the fire.

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Thursday July 07th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
30 Miles SW of Darby - Selway Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho
Incident Commander
Russ Buzzell, Type 4
45.784, -114.711
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Ponderosa Pine & Douglas-fir. Also Sub Alpine Fir and Lodgepole Pine in higher elevations.
Significant Events
Cool and wet weather has set in the past few days minimizing fire behavior.
Planned Actions
Area/trail closures are now in place. Protection efforts are underway for infrastructure along the corridor road to the west/south.
Projected Incident Activity
Low/Moderate fire activity and spread. Anticipate fire spread to the NE in Schofield/Indian Creek and to the S in Steep Gulch/Test Creek.
Weather Concerns
This week will start out cool and wet with moderate precipitation. Warm and dry conditions will build back in throughout the rest of the week.
Incident Contact
West Fork Ranger District
Phone: 406-821-3269
Hours: M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm
Fire Unit Information
Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840
Incident Map

© 2022 Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center