Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
August 20, 2013 9:30 PM
Contact: Fire Information Officers: Cindy Super (DNRC), 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
Shortly after 6:30pm the Lolo Creek fire grew to the east and north and is estimated at over 8,000 acres. Fire has moved about two miles east along the north side of Highway 12 to just near the Mill Creek intersection. Fire is also moving into the top of Westerman Creek towards Sleeman Creek, onto the ridge near Woodman Saddle. The fire made a rather spectacular run but the wind has died down and the fire spread has slowed. Flames from this run are visible from Missoula but the fire is not on Blue Mountain. Firefighters are moving into areas where they can keep an eye on the fire.
There have not been any structures lost; several structures along Highway 12 were saved by direct action by firefighters.
A night shift has taken over and the plan is to hold the fire north of Highway 12, continue structure protection, and monitor the fire on the north side.
Sleeman creek and Mill creek are currently under an evacuation notice.
Highway 12 is closed until further notice.
Five homes have been confirmed destroyed by the Lolo Creek Complex. Several outbuildings have been destroyed as well. As of today there have been no injuries to the public or firefighters.
Additional information will be posted to Inciweb under the incident name Lolo Creek Complex at www.inciweb.org