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Cannon Fire

Unit Information

Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

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Incident Contact

Spotted Bear Ranger Station
Phone: 406-758-5376
Hours: 7 days/week, 0800-1630

The Cannon Fire as seen looking west up Cannon Creek on 9/8/2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Cannon Fire was detected on August 7th, 2022. It is primarily burning in the Cannon Creek drainage, located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Spotted Bear Ranger District. The fire is burning on the south facing side of the slope and has spotted over the ridge into the sub drainage that separates Cannon and Gorge Creeks. As of 9/5/2022 the fire activity had picked up since the last rain event, particularly on the western flank of the fire in the bowls under Swan Peak. As of 9/8/2022, the fire crossed Cannon Creek on the south side of the fire and is burning into the 2001 Cannon Fire burn scar. As of 9/16/2022 fire activity is minimal; heavy wide-spread smoke across the area has affected the temperature and amount of solar radiation reaching the fire.

The Spotted Bear Lookout and Jumbo Lookout will continue to monitor fire activity, with assistance from aerial reconnaissance resources. Potential threats to values will continually be assessed. A point protection strategy and checking actions, where safe and effective, will be implemented as needed. There is a significant fire history in the surrounding area that will affect fire spread.

An official area closure is in effect as of 08/19/2022. The closure and an accompanying map are posted on Inciweb.


In addition to the Cannon Fire, the Highrock Fire was detected on August 13th. The fire was burning on the south facing slope near the top of the ridge that divides Highrock Creek from Little Salmon Creek. As of 08/18/2022, no additional updates will be made regarding the Highrock Fire unless additional activity is observed.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSunday August 07th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location15 miles NE of Condon
Incident CommanderUSDA Forest Service
Coordinates47.716 latitude, -113.56 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel3
Size2,025 Acres
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler temperatures and chances of precipitation forecasted to begin Sunday, 09/18/2022 and through the week.