Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923
Three Rivers Ranger District
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm
Weather – Ridgetop winds will push yesterday’s wet weather out of the area through mid-day. Showers are expected to taper off to partly cloudy skies this evening. Anticipate light winds, high temperatures in the lower to mid-60s and relative humidity around 40% in the valleys, and upper 50s and 55% humidity on ridges.
Yesterday the Burnt Peak Fire received a total 1” of rain and the South Yaak Fire received .8” of rain. The moisture is expected to reduce surface fire spread until the weekend, although heavy fuels will continue to be consumed.
Burnt Peak Fire
A tactical pause due to weather allowed resources to be shifted to the Keeler Creek area where they will be the most effective in bolstering containment lines. Heavy equipment will improve work along the 404 Road today. Firefighters will continue with direct attack where available, based on weather conditions and safe access, heeding slick and muddy roads.
Evacuations - Residents in North Fork Keeler Creek are on pre-evacuation notice.
South Yaak Fire
Most of the heat continues to be scattered between Arbo and North Fork O’Brien Creeks, but was dampened little by yesterday’s rains. Active surface spread is not expected to occur until the weekend, after fuels dry out.
Mopping up and patrolling along Eastside Road will continue as roads improve and can be safely accessed. Slick roads hampered access yesterday, while cloud cover and weather grounded aerial resources. However, crews accessed the 2380 Road going direct along the fire’s edge and determined new alternate & contingency lines for holding the fire. Constructed dozer lines in contained portions of the fire will be sized up for future repair work. Closure area signage will be improved. An unmanned aerial system (UAS or “drone”) will fly within the fire perimeter near Kilbrennan Lake Road to view the status of a timber sale area on private lands.
Evacuations- Residents 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. Closure orders and maps may be viewed on the Kootenai National Forest web page https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kootenai/alerts-notices.
Daily COVID screening measures are in place in fire camp to continue protecting firefighters and the local communities.