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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 8/19/21 Update

Burnt Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 8/19/2021


Weather – Warming temperatures continue into today, with expected highs in the low 80s across the valley and 70s mid-upper slopes. Light winds will be out of the west/northwest. Skies will be partly cloudy and dry today, though isolated showers may push back into the region later tonight.

Muddy roads will continue to delay the start of operations in some areas across the fires.

Burnt Peak Fire


Heavy equipment that arrived yesterday will construct the fuel break along the 404 Road up toward Goat Mountain. Resources will improve preparations and clean-up along Callahan Creek Road and begin assessing the Three-Mile Creek Road as a contingency line. Resources will continue staging water resources along existing contingency lines. Direct line construction, including handline, dozer line and saw lines will advance along the road in the North Fork of Keeler Creek. Crews will spend time reinforcing previous work along the 4506 Road to complete that portion of containment line to the 4542 Road in the West Fork of Keeler Creek.

Evacuations - Residents in North Fork Keeler Creek are on pre-evacuation notice.

South Yaak Fire


High humidity and lower temperatures will continue to moderate fire behavior across most of the fire today. Active surface spread is not expected to occur until the weekend, after fuels dry out. 

Mop up and patrol along Eastside Road will continue as roads improve and can be safely accessed. Engines will continue to patrol and secure containment lines along Kilbrennan Lake Road to O’Brien Creek. Crews in the Arbo Creek drainage will continue to construct direct and indirect containment lines. Planning for additional contingency work along roads outside of the active fire perimeter will continue while fire behavior is moderated by the cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Local resource Kootenai handcrew will continue direct line construction into the North Fork of O’Brien Creek. Operations will begin working on a repair plan for dozer line near the Yaak Mountain Lookout.

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

Daily COVID screening measures are in place in fire camp to continue protecting firefighters and the local communities. 

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