Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
Last Updated
37 mins, 24 secs ago
Fire Start
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 6:00 PM MDT
Incident #
Primary Fire Agency

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 5 hours, 42 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Indian Ridge Fire

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.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Thursday, July 7, 2022 12:00 AM MDT
30 Miles SW of Darby - Selway Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho
Incident Commander
Russ Buzzell, Type 4
45.784, -114.711

Current Situation

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 Outlook

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 Synopsis

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.

Fire Incident Contact

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