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Indian Ridge

Unit Information

Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840

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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 Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 07th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location30 Miles SW of Darby - Selway Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho
Incident CommanderRuss Buzzell, Type 4
Coordinates45.784 latitude, -114.711 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel23
Size8,953 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.

Current Weather

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.