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Dean Creek 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: 4067585376
Hours: 7 days/week, 0800 - 1630

The Dean Creek Fire as seen looking south down the Dean Creek drainage on 08/16/2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Dean Creek Fire was detected on August 14th. It is burning in the Dean Creek drainage, located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Spotted Bear Ranger District. The fire is burning on the lower third of the southeasterly facing slope approximately three miles up drainage from the junction with Spotted Bear River. 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 Ranger District Wildland Fire Module (WFM) was inserted into the Pentagon Cabin Administrative site to conduct structure protection operations. As of the afternoon of 08/17/2022, the module completed wrapping the cabin and outlying buildings and installed hose lay and sprinklers which can be controlled by a remote-start pump.

Due to high spread potential, a closure for the Dean Creek drainage is effective as of 08/19/2022. The official closure order and accompanying map has been posted. There is the potential for the closure area to expand in the coming days. New information will be posted as soon as it is available. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSunday August 14th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location30 miles east of Swan Lake
Incident CommanderUSDA Forest Service
Coordinates47.94 latitude, -113.216 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel7
Size521 Acres

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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