August 21, 9 PM Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Lolo Creek Complex
August 21, 2013 – 9 PM
Contact: Public InformationInformation: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384
What: Wildland FireStarted: August 18, 2013Location: Approximately 8 miles west of Lolo, MTJurisdiction: Montana DNRCCooperating Agencies: US Forest Service, Montana DNRCOther Cooperating or Assisting Agencies: American Red Cross, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Missoula County Disaster and Emergency Services, Missoula and Ravalli County RFDsCurrent size: 8,598 acresContainment: 0%
Resources on Fire: 508 personnel; 4 large helicopters, 2 medium and 2 light; 31 engines; 14 dozers; 9 water tendersToday’s Activity: Retardant was used to keep the fire largely in check around the eastern head of the fire perimeter. Careful burnout operations were successfully conducted near the Woodman Schoolhouse and along Highway 12 in the fire area along Lolo Creek. Dozer line was constructed around the fire’s edge in the Bear Creek area. Substantial resources in personnel and equipment arrived today and more are expected in the next several days. Over 600 people attended a community meeting at the Lolo Elementary School earlier th
Tomorrow’s Plan: Some of the additional crews brought on yesterday will be utilized as night shift tonight to protect structures and patrol the area which was burned out today. National Guard will begin serving as road guards. If the weather is favorable, direct line will be used as much as possible, and residences will continue to be prepped in case further burnout operations are needed. Nine helicopters, four heavy air tankers and four single engine air tankers should be available. A mobile retardant plant will be set up upon arrival.
Special Concerns: Safety is always #1 among all firefighting agencies. Residents living along Highway 12 will be allowed to return to their homes by permit from 9 to 12 a.m. tomorrow. Permits will be issued by the Missoula County Sheriff at the ICP located at the Lolo Community Center.
Prevention Message: The fire danger is Extreme. All federal, state, and private lands have moved into Stage 1 fire restrictions, which remain in effect.
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