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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 8/17/21 Update

Burnt Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 8/17/2021

Weather – An upper low-pressure system pushing a cold front ahead of it arrived early this morning with light rain.  Expect temperatures in the low 70s with 50% relative humidity in the valleys and cooler temps and higher humidity on ridgetops.  Brisk northwest winds in the morning will shift to the northeast as the front passes through, bringing an 80% chance of precipitation and a slight possibility of a thunderstorm; precipitation could extend into Wednesday. Refer to https://www.airnow.gov/Troy for information on air quality in the Troy and Libby areas.

Fire behavior will be less active than over the weekend due to rain.  However, the fire will continue to consume heavy fuels even with predicted moisture.  Very little spotting is expected to occur as cloud cover keeps fire mainly on surface fuels.  Burnt Peak Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7619/ Yesterday, the fire’s western edge progressed past the primary containment line, forcing crews to move behind the alternate line on West Fork Keeler Creek drainage.  Heavy equipment will be on-site this morning, reinforcing and prepping the alternate lines as the fire progresses around Lafoe Mountain.  Additional water systems are being added on Callahan Creek Road for future firefighting efforts.  Fire crept north past the 404C Road.  Crews will reinforce containment lines along the 404 Road.  Additional roads and ridgetops are being scouted for future containment lines. A new temporary flight restriction (TFR) goes into effect today, responding to changes in the fire perimeter.  Evacuations — Residents of North Fork Keeler Creek are on pre-evacuation notice. South Yaak Fire InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7696/ Full containment along Eastside Road was achieved at end of shift yesterday; mop-up and patrolling will continue.  The eastern flank of the fire continues to be active between Arbo Creek and North Fork O’Brien Creek, and has progressed past Feeder Mountain.  Heavy equipment is constructing indirect lines while engines and hand crews are building direct line near Arbo and Prospect Creeks. A spot fire crossed the 2380 Road yesterday; containment efforts continue today.  The night shift was discontinued due to remote access and safety concerns.  Evacuations — Residents of 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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