August 24, 8 AM Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Lolo Creek Complex
August 24, 2013 – 8 AM
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: 10,687 acresResources on Fire: 656 personnel; 8 helicopters; 37 engines; 6 dozers; 20 water tenders
US Highway 12 is now open in Montana. A reduced speed limit of 45 mph is in effect from milepost 20 to milepost 32 and no stopping or parking alongside the highway is allowed until further notice. Motorists are urged to be alert and watch for heavy fire related traffic. Montana Highway information can be accessed by dialing 511.
Good progress was made over all on the fire yesterday as crews continued fire line aided with retardant drops along the northwest section of the fire. Three hot shot crews were able to catch and control roll outs on the eastern section of the fire while crews along highway 12 continued patrol of residential areas and continued mop up operations around homes.
Today crews will continue patrolling and mopping up secured fire lines along the western and south edges of the fire. Southwest flow aloft will continue with a chance of thunderstorms and a return to dryer and warmer conditions.
The Evacuation Order for all US Highway 12 residents has been lifted and those residents can now return to their homes. This includes all homes accessed by Highway 12.
All residents in the highway 12 area and Lolo areas still remain under an evacuation warning.
If fire conditions worsen and a Mandatory Evacuation Notice is required a slow moving emergency vehicle using its lights and siren will move through neighborhoods to alert residents.
Forest Service Area Closures remain in effect.
Prevention Message: All federal, state, and private lands are in Stage 1 fire restrictions. For further fire information, visit www.inciweb.org. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list for fire updates.