August 28, 9:00 AM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information Hotline: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 August 28, 2013 – 9:00 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, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Canada)
Current size: 10,902 acres Containment: 60% Expected Containment: Sept. 3rdFire Resources: 926 personnel; 19 Crews; 7 helicopters; 49 engines; 5 dozers; 24 water tenders
Yesterday at 8 PM the evacuation warning was lifted for all residents affected by the fire. Five hotshot crews from Ontario, Canada, called Fire Rangers, joined firefighters today. Fire Activity: Yesterday afternoon firefighters pulled back from line construction along Woodman Creek as winds from a passing thunderstorm hit the north side of the fire. Today two hot shot crews, one working from the top, the other from the bottom of Woodman Creek canyon, will tie the remaining 300 feet of fire line together in what firefighters have come to call “the abyss”. High temperatures will be from 87 to 92 degrees F. Humidity will be down to 18%. The inversion will probably not lift until early afternoon, making for smoky, hazy conditions, and limiting helicopter support in the morning. Thunderstorms are forecast for today with a 25% chance of wetting rain (more than a 1/10 inch). The north side of the fire is still active, and spotting of up to ¼ mile is possible during wind gusts. Excavators and feller bunchers will construct a contingency line on the ridge between Camp Creek and Woodman Creek in case the fire jumps the lines and moves towards the north. Two spot fires were picked up yesterday outside the northeast corner of the fire. Structure protection crews have almost completed wrapping the Blue Mountain Lookout with fire resistant material and doing fuel reduction around the University of Montana observatory. The BPA power line is also threatened and lies between the fire edge and the lookout tower, about one mile south of the lookout.
The south, west and east flanks of the fire are controlled and in full mop-up and patrol status.
National Forest campgrounds on Highway 12 between Lolo Pass and Lolo, Montana are closed to entry. An area closure of National Forest lands remains in effect around the fire area. 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.
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