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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 8/16/21 Update

Burnt Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 8/16/2021

 There will be a Community Meeting tonight from 6 to 7 pm at Roosevelt Park in Troy, under the pavilion near the fishpond.  The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook.

Weather – Temperatures in the high 80s, low humidity, and increasing winds from the southwest can be expected today.  Tuesday will be cooler as the low-pressure system pushes into Idaho and Montana. There is a chance for rain Tuesday morning, with showers possibly lasting into Wednesday morning.  Smoke may disperse due to shifting winds.  Refer to https://www.airnow.gov/Troy for information on air quality in the Troy and Libby areas.  Increased fire behavior is expected today with near critical fire weather conditions.  Burnt Peak Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7619/ The fire was active in the headwaters of Benning Creek drainage yesterday, crossing the west fork and advancing northwest toward the saddle near Lafoe Mountain. A spot fire took hold in the North Fork of Keeler Creek as heavy helicopters tried to quell the flames with water drops. Bucket drops are most effective when combined with hand crew ground forces, and they are limited on Burnt Peak Fire. Today, resources will continue to hold the road system in Benning Creek to slow the progression to the west. Along Callahan Road contingency line, waterhandling equipment is being staged at draft sites for future use if needed.   Evacuations — Residences in North Fork Keeler Creek are on pre-evacuation notice. South Yaak Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7696/ Yesterday, firefighters worked to build direct line in the Prospect Creek drainage while the fire was getting active in the south tributary to Arbo Creek below Gunsight Mountain. A new spot fire developed in North Fork O’Brien Creek and was successfully lined by firefighters, supported by air resources. Heavy equipment will construct indirect lines and engines and hand crews will build direct line along the eastern flank of the fire, and near Arbo and Prospect Creeks. Crews will make further use of air resources today as visibility improves. Evacuations — Residences on Eastside Road, Kilbrennan Lake Road, Seventeen Mile Creek, and Sylvanite are on pre-evacuation notice. All residents should be ready to leave if evacuations become necessary. These area roads are not open to the public.  Closures — The Three Rivers Ranger District has several areas, roads, and trails closed or restricted for public safety due to fire management activities related to the Burnt Peak and South Yaak fires.  Please refer to the Kootenai National Forest web page to view the closure orders and maps at  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kootenai/alerts-notices.

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