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Burnt Peak Fire

Unit Information

Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923

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Sep 8, 2021 Burnt Peak Fire MapImage options: [ Full Size ]

The Burnt Peak Fire started by lightning on the morning of July 7. The fire is burning in timbered, steep terrain on the south face of Burnt Peak in the Keeler Creek Drainage. The fire is likely to burn until significant moisture covers the fire area.

The USDA Forest Service Three Rivers Ranger District has several areas, roads, and trails closed or restricted for public safety due to fire management activities related to the Burnt Peak and South Yaak fires. Closure orders and maps may be viewed on the Kootenai National Forest webpage at

On September 9, the fire was returned to the Three Rivers Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest. The fire is being managed by a Type IV team and updates will be posted to Iniciweb and the Kootenai National Forest Facebook page as needed.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 07th, 2021 approx. 10:30 AM
Location9 miles southwest of Troy, MT
Incident CommanderJohn Thompson, NR Team 7
Coordinates48.34 latitude, -115.968 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel98
Size4,099 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained41%
Fuels Involved

Burnt Peak fire area consists primarily of dense stands of mixed conifer stands along with open stands of timber with litter/grass/shrub understory. Heavy dead and down along with thick duff layers are pronounced in many areas.

Significant Events

Warm, dry and breezy conditions will continue to allow fire to become more active where isolated heat exists. Fire behavior and spread potential will remain low.


Planned Actions

Suppression repair will take place on all divisions as operations allow. Communication will continue with local emergency management personal on fire behavior or conditions requiring a change in tactics or response posture.

Projected Incident Activity

Cooler temp and higher RH's will moderate any fire activity. Creeping and smoldering can be expected.


Northern Rockies IMT7 is managing both the Burnt Peak and South Yaak Fires.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot, dry, and gusty westerly winds will once again develop Thursday afternoon; however, cloud cover will increase, allowing for a minor increase in humidity. A pacific weather system with abundant atmospheric moisture will bring a return of wetting rainfall Friday. The forecast has quickly trended towards a wet solution. In fact there is a 40 to 60 percent chance for a half an inch or more of rainfall by Saturday morning across western Montana. A westerly flow will pattern will take shape Sunday into early next week, with seasonal temperatures expected.