August 23, 9 PM Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Lolo Creek Complex
August 23, 2013 – 8 PM
Information Hotline: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384
What: Wildland Fire
Started: August 18, 2013
Location: Approximately 8 miles west of Lolo, MT
Jurisdiction: Montana DNRC
Cooperating Agencies: US Forest Service, Montana DNRC
Other Cooperating or Assisting Agencies: American Red Cross, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Missoula County Disaster and Emergency Services, Missoula and Ravalli County RFDs, Montana Highway Patrol
Current size: 9,962 acresResources on Fire: 656 personnel; 9 helicopters; 37 engines; 6 dozers; 20 water tenders
The Lolo Creek Complex Fire is now 40% contained. Light showers occurred over the fire in the morning and humid air helped keep the inversion in place for an extended period today. Firefighters continued aggressive fire suppression efforts as the fire activity increased throughout the afternoon. Crews continued securing and improving line around structures on the western side of the fire. Hotshot crews along with heavy equipment constructed direct fireline around the northeast section of the fire. Aircraft support continues to be significant in suppression efforts.
Tomorrow’s Planned Activity:
Suppression efforts will continue to be focused on keeping the fire west of Sleeman Gulch and north of Highway 12. Crews will continue constructing direct line on the northeast flank of the fire while holding and improving line with the aid of heavy equipment when needed. Changing weather will potentially affect fire activity with the forecasted dry thunderstorms, and the warming and drying trend expected through next week.
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