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.