August 27th, 8:00 AM Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information Hotline: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 August 27, 2013 – 8:00 AM
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 RFDs, Montana Highway Patrol, Montana National Guard
Current size: 10,902 acres Containment: 60%Fire Resources: 794 personnel; 13 Crews; 8 helicopters; 50 engines; 5 dozers; 26 water tendersThere will be a fire information meeting tonight at 8 pm at the Lolo Elementary School. Fire Activity: “We’ve caught some breaks” said Incident Commander Greg Poncin, referring to some of the extreme weather which has either passed over the fire, or missed it the past several days. The fire has received very little rain and some resources have been lost to support initial attack on other fires in the surrounding area. Poncin also noted that the effective use of helicopters and air tankers has been crucial in gaining the upper hand as well as moderating fire behavior, enabling crews to make significant progress on the ground. The north side of the fire remains active, especially in the Woodman Creek basin. The BPA power line, one mile south of Blue Mountain, remains threatened by the fire, as well as the Blue Mountain Lookout tower and the University of Montana observatory near the lookout. Structure protection of those facilities began yesterday afternoon with crews installing heat-resistant wrap. A feller buncher will remove some vegetation around the observatory. The south side, west and east flanks of the fire are in full mop-up and patrol status. Night operations were discontinued after midnight. However, the evacuation warning still remains in effect for all residents along U.S. Highway 12 and Lolo that were previously under a warning or evacuation notice.
The National Forest area closure on the north side of Highway 12 remains the same, but it has been reduced in size on the south side of the highway. All National Forest campgrounds along Highway 12 between Lolo Pass and Lolo, Montana are closed to entry. To view the most current closure order and map, go to www.inciweb.org .
Travelers on U.S. Highway 12, which is now open, are limited to 45 mph from milepost 20 to 32, with no stopping or parking alongside the highway until further notice. Motorists should drive with their lights on, and be aware of heavy smoke in the morning until the inversion lifts each day.
Prevention Message: All federal, state, and private lands in West Central Montana are in Stage 1 fire restrictions. For further fire information, visit www.inciweb.org. Contact email@example.com to be added to the mailing list for fire updates.