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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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Three Rivers Ranger District
Phone: 406-295-4693
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm

Burnt Peak and South Yaak Fires 8/12/21 Update

Burnt Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 8/12/2021

Great Basin Incident Management Team #5 under Incident Commander Sam Hicks took command of both the Burnt Peak and South Yaak Fires today at 6 a.m. Weather - A ridge of high pressure remains in place and above normal temperatures will continue into the weekend.  Terrain driven winds will dominate in the fire areas, creating strong afternoon gusty up valley winds.  Temperatures should peak on Saturday with a record high 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.

Burnt Peak Fire
Yesterday, fire behavior was moderate, and smoke became more visible in the afternoon. Firefighters conducted firing operations near Benning Creek to smooth out rough and uneven edges of the burn.   Today, firefighters will look for opportunities to place hoselays for direct suppression. The northern-most contingency line operations should be completed. The warming and drying weather conditions are expected to expand the uncontained fire perimeter toward the north. 

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: 

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
Firefighters continued construction on the fuel break south of Seventeen Mile Creek developments and along the Eastside Road yesterday. The fire produced moderate amounts of smoke in the afternoon. Today, a hand crew will conduct firing operations from old roads to meet the fire’s edge as it progresses to the northeast.  Heavy equipment will prepare indirect line along the O’Brien Road on the east and south flanks of the fire.  Engines will patrol the west containment line and mop up hot spots.

Evacuations — Residences on East Side Road, Kilbrennan Lake Road, Seventeen Mile Creek, and Sylvanite are on pre-evacuation notice. All residents should be ready to leave if evacuations are necessary. These area roads are not open to the general public.

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