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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 8/14/21 Update

Burnt Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 8/14/2021

Weather - High temperatures and low humidity continue today, with winds increasing today and through the weekend. Smoke will likely increase due to fires in Washington and Oregon.  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 Monday with cloud cover and somewhat cooler temperatures. Air quality in the Troy and Libby area is rated unhealthy today (refer to: https://www.airnow.gov/Troy ). Burnt Peak Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7619/ Yesterday, firefighters tied in the containment line from the 4309A Road to the Benning Creek drainage and put in additional hose lays to assist with mop up and direct suppression.  The north edge continues to back down the slope toward North Fork Keeler Creek where crews plan to hold the fire at the 404C Road.  Heavy equipment should finish masticating fuels along the Callahan Road today and crews will begin installing pumps and hose lays to reinforce the containment line.  The warming and drying weather may 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/ Heavy smoke over the fire area continued to keep helicopters grounded for most of the day Friday.  Firefighters continued patrolling and mopping up hot spots on the west flank of the fire along Eastside Road and on the southeast edge along Kilbrennan Lake Road and the 2380 Road.  Crews held the fire at Arbo Creek drainage and a hand crew tied in Seventeen Mile Creek Road with the dozer the line to the south for protection of private land. Today, crews will monitor the fire as it moves along Eastside Road and Kilbrennan Lake Road, mopping up hot spots that may threaten structures and attempting to complete containment along these roads.  Steep, rugged terrain is preventing direct line construction on the north end 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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