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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 8, 2021 Burnt Peak and South Yaak Daily Update

South Yaak Wildfire
News – 9/8/2021


This will be the final daily update for Burnt Peak and South Yaak Fires

Slight acreage increases for both fires are due to more accurate mapping. An infrared flight last night showed pockets of isolated heat on both fires. Remaining areas of heat within the Burnt Peak Fire are concentrated in Benning Creek with some areas of heat near Burnt Peak and Survey Mountain. Within the South Yaak Fire, remaining areas of heat are located north of Kilbrennan Lake and along the northern perimeter near Arbo Creek Trail.

Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 7 will return both fires to the Kootenai National Forest on Thursday, September 9th at 6:00 AM. The local Three Rivers Ranger District will take over management of both fires. Facebook and Inciweb will be updated as needed. Closures will remain in effect. The Incident Command Post at 2031 Bull Lake Road will be deconstructed by the end of the week and returned to a hay pasture.

By the Numbers                      Burnt Peak                                  South Yaak

Size (acres)                                4,099                                             12,489

Containment                                 41%                                              89%

Containment line (miles)                 9                                                  26.5

Perimeter (miles)                           22                                                   30

Dozer line constructed (miles)        10                                                     8

Dozer line repaired                      100%                                              79%

Handline constructed (miles)            3                                                    12

Handline repaired                         100%                                               93%

Weather:Today is a heads-up fire weather day as hot temperatures, low humidity, and increasing winds are expected across the region. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s and low 90s with southwest winds at 15 mph and gusts up to 20.

Closures: Please remember, the USFS Three Rivers Ranger District has 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

Beginning Thursday September 9th, direct any questions to the Three Rivers Ranger District at 406-295-4693.


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