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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 8/13/21 Update

Burnt Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 8/13/2021

Weather – High temperatures and light winds are expected today, with winds shifting to southwesterly by afternoon. Smoke will persist in valley bottoms. Fire growth is expected Saturday with a forecasted record high in the triple digits for the lowlands and low humidity values. Some relief should come by Sunday afternoon with cloud cover and somewhat cooler temperatures. Burnt Peak Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7619/ An infrared flight and more accurate mapping have resulted in a lower amount of containment and refined acreage.   Yesterday, the fire’s edge reached NFS Road 4509A in Benning Creek. Firefighters were able to put in a hoselay to assist with mop up and direct suppression in the Benning Creek drainage. The north edge continues to back down the slope toward North Fork Keeler Creek. The containment line on the northeast side of Pony Mountain is complete. Heavy equipment will continue masticating fuels along the Callahan Road. 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 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 InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7696/ Yesterday, heavy smoke over the Troy helibase kept the light helicopter grounded for most of the day. Firefighters patrolled and mopped up hot spots on the west flank of the fire along the East Side Road and on the southeast edge along Kilbrennan Lake Road. The fire was actively backing down into the Arbo Creek drainage while a hand crew was working to construct line off the 2367 Road. Today, fuel reduction will continue along the Seventeen Mile Road, as well as direct and indirect line construction on the northeast edge of the fire. Smoke is likely to limit the ability of air resources to provide suppression support. Engines will carry on with patrol and mopping up along existing containment lines. 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 public.

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