The Ursus Fire was reported on 8/25/2022 and confirmed on 8/31/2022. It is burning on the south side of Rapid Creek at the base of Ursus Hill, approximately 1.5 miles up the Rapid Creek drainage. The fire is located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Spotted Bear Ranger District.
The Ursus Fire originally showed primary growth to the east, but it has since reached the 2012 Elbow Pass burn scar which should act as a buffer to slow the spread of the fire in that direction. It was originally reported that the fire crossed the Continental Divide on the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest near Observation Pass, but a reconnaissance flight from the Rocky Mountain Ranger District on 9/7/2022 determined there was no observable fire east of the divide. As of 10/04/2022, no significant observable growth has been detected.
Official Area and Trail closures have gone into effect for both the Rocky Mountain Ranger District (9/8/2022) and the Spotted Bear Ranger District (9/9/2022) - the signed closure orders and associated maps have been posted. As of 10/04/2022, no additional updates will be made regarding the Ursus Fire unless significant new activity is observed.
|Current as of||Tue, 11/08/2022 - 12:04|
|Incident Commander||USDA Forest Service|
47° 22' 47'' Latitude
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||0%|