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
Good News…Containment of the South Yaak Fire has now reached 89%. Fire personnel verified the fire reached previously constructed handline on the east flank of the fire perimeter and effectively stopped the fire at the line.
While fire suppression efforts continue, actions to repair road and trail damage as well as minimize soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities have taken place. These important efforts to repair roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, dozer and handlines utilized by firefighters during fire suppression efforts began over two weeks ago and will continue when the current Incident Management Team departs.
Current and Planned Activity
The South Yaak Fire still contains isolated pockets of heat scattered in multiple locations across the fire area; however fire activity is low with only creeping and smoldering. A crew on the north side of the fire will monitor active ground fire backing down slope toward constructed line to ensure the line holds. Suppression repair continues as heavy equipment pulls back berms of soil created during dozer line construction, installs water bars, and covers bare soil with woody debris. Arbo Creek Trail repair work is expected to be completed today. Currently, 79% of the repair work on the 8 miles of dozer line is completed. On the Burnt Peak Fire, repair work on 73% of the 10 miles of dozer line is currently completed. Heavy equipment continues work on the east and north sides of the fire.
Weather:Today’s temperature is expected to reach a high of 90 degrees, which is about 10 degrees above normal for this time of year. The afternoon heating will bring terrain driven winds of 10-15 mph in the afternoon.
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
COVID-19: Daily screening, masking, and social distancing protocols are in place at the Incident Command Post.