Aug 20, Morning Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Contact: Fire Information Officers: Cindy Super, Boyd Hartwig (USFS)
Message Phone: 406-542-4321
Information Hotline: 406-258-4636
What: Wildland Fire
Location: Approximately 10 miles west of Lolo, MT
Started: August 18, 2013
Protection Agency: USDA Forest Service, Lolo National Forest, Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) Southwestern Land Office, Missoula Unit
Narrative: The Lolo Creek Complex, consisting of two fires, formerly the Schoolhouse Fire and the West Fork II Fire, is estimated at 5,000 acres. Extreme fire danger and Red Flag conditions hampered initial attack efforts and the fire experienced rapid growth yesterday, driven by winds of 40-50 mph. Firefighters continue to focus on structure protection and will work today to establish a safe anchor point and begin to contain the fire. Firefighters conducted a burnout last night along the Elk Meadows Road to remove unburned fuel along this possible fuel break. The fire is being managed jointly by the Lolo National Forest and the Montana DNRC.
A National, Type 1 Incident Management Team is en route to the fire, and will be briefed on the situation today. Predicted weather over the next several days will continue to challenge firefighters; heavy smoke will impact air operations, and the potential for fire growth is very high.
There are confirmed structure losses, including homes. Additional information should be available later today. There are voluntary evacuations for residents along Bear Creek Road and down to Sleeman Road. There is an evacuation shelter at Christ the King Church, 1400 Gerald Street, in Missoula. Missoula County Disaster & Emergency Services has established a hotline for affected residents with information on shelters, care for large animals, and other information. The number is 258-4636.
No injuries have been reported.
Additional information will be posted to Inciweb under the incident name Lolo Creek Complex at www.inciweb.org.