Burnt Peak
9.5 mi
SSW of Troy, MT
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
23 mins, 37 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:30 AM MDT
Brush P Pine D Fir
Dispatch Notes:
Out 12/1/21 | Contain: 10/01/21 1500 | Control: 10/25/21 1200 | Out: 12/01/21 1000
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Kootenai National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 months ago

Incident Photo for the Burnt Peak Fire

The Burnt Peak Fire started by lightning on the morning of July 7. The fire is burning in timbered, steep terrain on the south face of Burnt Peak in the Keeler Creek Drainage. The fire is likely to burn until significant moisture covers the fire area.

The USDA Forest Service Three Rivers Ranger District has several areas, roads, and trails closed or restricted 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/alerts/kootenai/alerts-notices.

On September 9, the fire was returned to the Three Rivers Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest. The fire is being managed by a Type IV team and updates will be posted to Iniciweb and the Kootenai National Forest Facebook page as needed.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 10:30 AM MDT
9 miles southwest of Troy, MT
Incident Commander:
John Thompson, NR Team 7
48.34, -115.968

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Thursday, September 30, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Burnt Peak fire area consists primarily of dense stands of mixed conifer stands along with open stands of timber with litter/grass/shrub understory. Heavy dead and down along with thick duff layers are pronounced in many areas.
Significant Events:
Warm, dry and breezy conditions will continue to allow fire to become more active where isolated heat exists. Fire behavior and spread potential will remain low.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Suppression repair will take place on all divisions as operations allow. Communication will continue with local emergency management personal on fire behavior or conditions requiring a change in tactics or response posture.
Projected Incident Activity:
Cooler temp and higher RH's will moderate any fire activity. Creeping and smoldering can be expected.
Northern Rockies IMT7 is managing both the Burnt Peak and South Yaak Fires.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Hot, dry, and gusty westerly winds will once again develop Thursday afternoon; however, cloud cover will increase, allowing for a minor increase in humidity. A pacific weather system with abundant atmospheric moisture will bring a return of wetting rainfall Friday. The forecast has quickly trended towards a wet solution. In fact there is a 40 to 60 percent chance for a half an inch or more of rainfall by Saturday morning across western Montana. A westerly flow will pattern will take shape Sunday into early next week, with seasonal temperatures expected.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Three Rivers Ranger District
Phone: 406-295-4693
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm
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