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South Yaak

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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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Sep 6, 2021 Burnt Peak and South Yaak Daily Update

South Yaak Wildfire
News – 9/6/2021

Firefighters have spent hundreds of hours repairing roads, trails and firelines no longer needed on the Burnt Peak and South Yaak fires. To date, firefighters on the Burnt Peak Fire have repaired 99% of the firelines constructed by hand; and 73% of firelines constructed by bulldozers. On the South Yaak Fire, firefighters have completed 78% of the repairs to firelines constructed by bulldozers and 16% of repairs to firelines constructed by hand. Area, road and trail closures remain in place for your safety while heavy equipment completes road repairs.

Current and Planned Activity: In addition to suppression repair work, firefighters on the South Yaak Fire continue to patrol, monitor and secure areas of heat along the fire edge. A 20 person hand crew is monitoring low intensity, slow moving ground fire near Arbo Creek as it approaches previously constructed fireline. An infrared flight occurred over the South Yaak Fire early this morning and showed isolated pockets of heat scattered throughout the fire. Crews focused on suppression repair work are constructing water bars on firelines along Arbo Creek Trail while road graders and dozers repair the Kilbrennan Lake and 17 Mile roads. Suppression repair is complete on the east side of the fire area. Firefighters along with heavy equipment operators continue suppression repair efforts on the Burnt Peak Fire. Crews are working on clearing ditches and culverts of debris, processing logs, and repairing roads near Goat Mountain.

Weather: Winds should be above normal through late Monday before reducing Monday night. Given higher winds along with hot and dry conditions, higher fire weather concerns are expected. 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

COVID-19: Daily screening, masking, and social distancing protocols are in place at the Incident Command Post.


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