South Yaak
6.7 mi
NNW of Troy, MT
1 weekago
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
5 mins, 59 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:00 PM MDT
Dispatch Notes:
Imt t2 roide
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Kootenai National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 2 hours, 2 mins ago

Incident Photo for the South Yaak Fire

The South Yaak Fire was detected on July 13, 2021.  It is burning in timbered, steep terrain approximately 4 miles northwest of Troy, Montana. The fire was reported at approximately .25  acres on the south slope of Yaak Mountain. It quickly grew despite heavy initial attack efforts, including support from helicopters and airtankers.  On July 20, Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team #4 took command of the fire.  On July 23, it grew about 400 acres after a log rolled down the slope, scattering embers which quickly turned to flames that ran back up the hill.

The fire presents a challenge due to steep terrain, difficult access, and critically dry vegetation. It is likely to burn until significant moisture covers the fire area.

Team 4 is also managing the Burnt Peak Fire, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7619/. Resources will be shared between the two fires. 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. 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:00 PM MDT
4 Miles NW of Troy, Mt
Incident Commander:
Tim Roide, Great Basin Team #4
48.551, -115.93

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber, Brush
Significant Events:
Rolling material on the steep slopes is igniting spot fires well below the main fire. These spot fires grow into flames and make upslope runs to the ridgeline.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Use East Side and Kilbrennan Lake Roads to keep the fire from spreading to the west, south, and east. Begin constructing contingency fireline on the north side of Yaak Mountain between East Side Road and Kilbrennan Lake Road. Structure protection measures are taking place along East Side and Kilbrennan Lake Roads.
Projected Incident Activity:
Fire will continue to move downslope through backing and rolling debris causing upslope fire runs to the ridgeline. Long-range spotting may cause runs that will spread the fire to the east. On the north and south sides the fire will continue to move parallel to the slope.
Great Basin Team #4 assumed command of the fire on 7/20 and is also managing the Burnt Peak Fire.
There are currently 10 engines, 7 crews, and 3 dozers assigned to the fire.
Friday afternoon the sheriff enacted an evacuation order for Kilbrennan Lake Road.
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