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Ursus Fire

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Unit Information

650 Wolfpack Way 
650 Wolfpack Way 

Incident Contacts

Spotted Bear Ranger Station
Phone: 406-758-5376
Hours: 7 days/week, 8:00a - 4:30p

Highlighted Activity

Order Number: # 01-10-04-22-08 U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service Flathead National Forest Spotted Bear Ranger District Area and Trail Closure PROHIBITIONS Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50 (a)(b) the following is prohibited on the National Forest System (NFS) lands, and trails in the Spotted Bear Ranger District, Flathead National Forest, described below and… Read more
Closures - 2022-09-10

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.

A point/zone protection strategy will be implemented by the Spotted Bear Ranger District to protect both the Danaher and Basin Administrative Cabin sites, and to prevent the spread of the wildfire outside of the Wilderness. Four personnel from the Spotted Bear WFM were inserted into the area on 9/2/2022, and were joined by two Smokejumpers from Missoula on 9/6/2022. As of 09/05/2022, they have completed structure protection operations by installing sprinklers and wrapping buildings at the Danaher Administrative Site.
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.

Basic Information
Current as of Tue, 11/08/2022 - 12:04
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Incident Commander USDA Forest Service
Coordinates 47° 22' 47'' Latitude
-113° 1'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 6
Size 4,237 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 0%
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber