Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923
Great Basin Incident Management Team #5 will assume command of both the Burnt Peak and South Yaak Fires tomorrow, August 12, 2021 at 6am. There is no change in acres because an infrared flight was not available last night to measure the active fire perimeter.
Weather — While clouds were present yesterday, the warming and drying trend was on display as temperatures were up a fair amount and humidity down in comparison to Monday. Friday and Saturday currently look to be the warmest days of the week with highs in the triple digits for the lowlands and humidity values plummeting into the teens. Changes are in store for the beginning of next week, deviating from the hot and dry pattern currently encompassing the region.
Yesterday, fire behavior was minimal to moderate with backing, flanking and slow upslope spread over much of the fire area. Most activity occurred in the Survey Mountain and Benning Creek drainage areas and has potential for moving towards Lafoe mountain. Firefighters managed this side of the fire by burning towards the 4509A road.
Today, heavy equipment will continue work on the Callahan Creek 414 and 427 roads, chipping and falling dead trees. East of the fire, firefighters will fall hazard trees.
Closures — As of August 8, 2021, Closure Order D04-076-S-21 is now in effect on the Three Rivers Ranger District for the Callahan Creek Road 427 and Callahan Historic Trail 153. The restriction is in place for public safety due to fire management activities related to the Burnt Peak Fire: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd938562.pdf
Evacuations — Residences in North Fork Keeler Creek are on pre-evacuation notice. All area residents should be ready to leave if evacuations are necessary.
South Yaak Fire
Yesterday, fuel reduction work continued on Eastside Road north of Yaak Falls. On the west side of the fire, steep terrain caused burning debris to rollout downhill from the fire as crews worked along Eastside road.
Today, firefighters will continue construction on the fuel break south of 17 Mile Creek developments and along the Eastside Road. On the northwest side of the fire, an Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) will be dropping ignited plastic spheres to align unburned sections of the fires edge if conditions permit.
Evacuations — Residences on East Side Road, Kilbrennan Lake Road, 17 Mile Creek, and Sylvanite are on pre-evacuation notice. All residents should be ready to leave if evacuations are necessary.