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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

Sept 4 2021 Burnt Peak & South Yaak Fires Daily Update

Burnt Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 9/4/2021

Operations for both fires are mainly focused on fire suppression repair work. During active fire suppression efforts, firefighters constructed 10.2 miles of dozer fireline and 2.7 miles of handline on the Burnt Peak Fire as well as 8.5 miles of dozer fireline and 11.6 miles of handline on the South Yaak Fire. Area, road and trail closures remain in place to allow heavy equipment to move unimpeded to complete tasks which include repairing impacts left by the construction of over 33 miles of fireline. Firefighters are working diligently to prepare the fire areas so the local Forest Service office can manage the remaining suppression repair activities. Completion of repair work is to ensure resource concerns and public safety issues are addressed.

Current and Planned Activity: 
Road graders, dozers, masticators, dump trucks and excavators are all pieces of heavy equipment being utilized for fire suppression repair. On the Burnt Peak Fire, crews are working on clearing ditches and culverts of debris, processing logs, and repairing roads near Goat Mountain. Crews on the South Yaak are constructing water bars on handline along the Arbo Creek Trail and road graders are working to repair the Kilbrennan Lake Road.

Weather:Today’s temperature highs will be in the mid-80s with lows in the mid 40s and a slight chance of showers early Saturday then later in the evening. Winds increase Sunday into Monday with gusts of 25 mph possible on high ridges.

Closures: Please remember, the USFS Three Rivers Ranger District has several area, road, and trail closures 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/kootenai

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