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Burnt Peak Fire

Unit Information

Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923

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Incident Contact

Three Rivers Ranger District
Phone: 406-295-4693
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm

2021 8-31 Burnt Peak and South Yaak Fires

Burnt Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 8/31/2021

Current and Planned Activity

The incident management team would like to sincerely thank the surrounding communities for their ongoing support of our firefighting efforts. Thank You!

Burnt Peak Fire
Heavy equipment continues to improve roads east of the fire as well as work on primary containment lines northeast of the fire to the top of Goat Mountain . Road repair, hauling slash, and cleanup continues this week. Suppression repair will be a focus along the southern and northern edges of the fire. Good news from the USDA Forest Service (USFS), Callahan Road has reopened. Termination of the original closure order can be found at fseprd948978.pdf (usda.gov).

South Yaak Fire
Today, crews will work along the north and east edges of the fire, handling hot spots and constructing containment lines on identified roads and trails. Suppression repair to dozer and hand lines will take place on Kilbrennan Lake Road , along with maintenance on 17 Mile Road . Improving roads and the natural landscape will be a focus along many areas of the fire. Engines will patrol and mop up as needed.

Weather:
Monday saw warming temperatures with sunny skies and increasing winds throughout the day. Gusts of 25 miles per hour were observed on the ridgelines with moderate winds in the lower elevations. Today, winds will remain elevated, while temperatures drop 10 to 15 degrees and humidity will be up several percent. Warming and drying is expected the second half of the week.

Closures: Please remember, the USFS 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 webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kootenai/alerts-notices.

COVID-19: Daily screening, masking, and social distancing protocols are in place at the incident command post.

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