Burnt Peak
9.5 mi
SSW of Troy, MT
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
31 mins, 14 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:30 AM MDT
Brush P Pine D Fir
Dispatch Notes:
Roide t2 imt in command as of 07/16 @0600
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Kootenai National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 hour, 19 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Burnt Peak Fire

The Burnt Peak Fire started by lightning on the morning of July 7th and was detected later that morning. It is burning in timbered, steep terrain on the south face of Burnt Peak in the Keeler Creek Drainage. Fire personnel are making use of existing roads to establish containment of the fire perimeter; Keeler Rattle Road #473, Pony Mountain Road #2201, and the North Fork Keeler Road #404 are included in these suppression efforts.  Active burning, short crown runs, group and isolated torching, and short-range spotting are occurring and the fire continues to progress east. Equipment continues to improve access to the fire. And ground resources are constructing direct line where possible. Airtankers and retardant may be used as needed to support crews working on the ground and to protect values at risk.  Smoke is visible from the community of Troy. Kootenai National Forest Closure Order D04-072-S-21 is in effect for the area and roads in the vicinity of the Burnt Peak Fire for both public and firefighter safety. Pre-evacuations notices are in effect for North Fork Keeler Residents.

On July 16, Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team took command of the fire.  A fire camp is located adjacent to Highway 56, south of the junction with Highway 2.  Please use caution traveling through the area, as heavy equipment will be entering and leaving the camp, especially in the mornings and evenings.  The Team is also managing the South Yaak Fire, located north of Troy on Yaak Mountain.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:00 AM MDT
Approx 9 miles southwest of Troy, MT
Incident Commander:
Tim Roide, Great Basin Team #4
48.34, -115.968

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Thursday, September 30, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber(Litter and Understory)
Significant Events:
The fire continues to slowly back downhill to the south, moving parallel across the slope to the west, making short runs uphill, into area that has already burned. The grass is drying out and sustaining fire easily. A small burnout was conducted in the northeast corner to connect two sections of containment line, rather than constructing fireline through a very difficult section of terrain.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Continue to secure line on the east and north edges, working directly along the fireline and indirectly away from the perimeter. Hold and secure the FS 473 Road to stop southerly spread and the FS 4508 to the west. Open the FS 404C road for access on the north side of Burnt Peak. Develop plans to protect specific values at risk. Continue to improve the FS 4580 Road to Goat Mountain for a contingency line.
Projected Incident Activity:
The fire is expected to continue to flank across slope to the west and make upslope runs into the burned area. Along the south edge, heavy, dead and down vegetation continues to burn as the fire backs slowly downslope to the West Fork Road. The eastern edge has containment lines.
Great Basin Team #4 assumed command of the fire on 7/16 and is also managing the South Yaak Fire.
There are currently 5 engines, 3 dozers, 2 crews, and 2 helicopters assigned to the fire.
Pre-evacuation notices (Set) are in place for North Fork Keeler Creek residents.
All residences should be Ready to go in the event of a wildfire. Visit http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/forestry/fire-and-aviation/fire-prevention-and-preparedness.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
High pressure and elevated levels of smoke from surrounding fires limited atmospheric mixing today. Wind gusts up to 14 mph were observed as temperatures warmed o the lower 90s in the valleys and mid-70s on the ridges. Thermal belts are anticipated to develop tonight, keeping warmer and drier conditions at higher elevations through the night, along with some wind. Warmer conditions are expected for Sunday along with an increase in winds. Ridges should see gusts to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: 2021.BurntPeak@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-296-9706
Fire Unit Information
Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923

Dispatch Contact

Kootenai Interagency Dispatch Center | Libby, MT