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Burnt Peak Fire

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

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Phone: 208-296-9706
Hours: Everyday 8 am - 8 pm

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08/04/2021 Burnt Peak and South Yaak Fires 8/4/2021 Update
  There is no change in acres because an infrared flight was not available last night to measure the active fire perimeter. There has been continuous radiant heat over both fires over the past...
News - 08/04/2021
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The Burnt Peak Fire started by lightning on the morning of July 7th and was detected later that morning. It is burning in timbered, steep terrain on the south face of Burnt Peak in the Keeler Creek Drainage. Fire personnel are making use of existing roads to establish containment of the fire perimeter; Keeler Rattle Road #473, Pony Mountain Road #2201, and the North Fork Keeler Road #404 are included in these suppression efforts.  Active burning, short crown runs, group and isolated torching, and short-range spotting are occurring and the fire continues to progress east. Equipment continues to improve access to the fire. And ground resources are constructing direct line where possible. Airtankers and retardant may be used as needed to support crews working on the ground and to protect values at risk.  Smoke is visible from the community of Troy. Kootenai National Forest Closure Order D04-072-S-21 is in effect for the area and roads in the vicinity of the Burnt Peak Fire for both public and firefighter safety. Pre-evacuations notices are in effect for North Fork Keeler Residents.

On July 16, Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team took command of the fire.  A fire camp is located adjacent to Highway 56, south of the junction with Highway 2.  Please use caution traveling through the area, as heavy equipment will be entering and leaving the camp, especially in the mornings and evenings.  The Team is also managing the South Yaak Fire, located north of Troy on Yaak Mountain.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 07th, 2021 approx. 10:30 AM
LocationApprox 9 miles southwest of Troy, MT
Incident CommanderTracy Dunford, Great Basin Team #6
Coordinates48.34 latitude, -115.968 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel119
Size3,384 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained46%
Estimated Containment DateThursday September 30th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Dead and down fuels are extremely dry and receptive. ERC indices are setting historical high maximum values for this time of year. Extremely dense timber stands. Live fuel moistures have decreased significantly in the past two weeks. Grass and many of the brush species are contributing to fire spread now and fire spread with the upslope runs is transitioning from the surface to the crowns more readily.

Significant Events

Minimal to moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking, single and group tree torching, and occasional uphill runs. Most activity occurred in the Survey Mountain/Benning Creek drainage areas.


Planned Actions

Lack of hand crews will force indirect fireline operations creating potential for large fire growth due to non-contained fire perimeter and continued risk exposure. This could increase the potential for large evacuations and area closures. Continue to utilize heavy equipment to construct indirect fire line east and northeast of the fire from Copper Peak to Callahan Creek (5 Miles), and the west side of the community of Troy. Prepare to implement current point protection plans and evacuation plans in coordination with local emergency management.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal to moderate fire behavior with torching, flanking, and backing due to current weather conditions.

24 hours: Moderate to active fire behavior with backing and flanking in the western/northwestern

portion of the fire. Occasional torching, uphill runs, and spotting possible.


Team 6 is managing both the Burnt Peak and South Yaak Fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Good overnight humidity recovery was observed this morning with both the valleys and ridges sitting at 70%+. An abundance of smoke and low clouds were present this morning in the valleys and midslopes. Throughout the day we saw temperatures recover from the cooler day on Monday reaching the 90s in the valleys and 80s on ridges. The inversion never fully broke keeping the smoke and obstructed visibility present around the incident. A couple more warm and dry days are expected for the middle of the week before we cool off with a series of incoming Pacific weather systems for the tail end of this week into next. This pattern change will usher in cooler air, breezy winds and a chance for some rain showers.