August 28, 9:00 PM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information Hotline: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 August 28, 2013 – 9:00 PM
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: 70% Expected Containment: Sept. 3rdFire Resources: 882 personnel; 18 Crews; 8 helicopters; 47 engines; 4 dozers; 20 water tenders.
Fire Activity: Today firefighters constructed the last 300 feet of fire line on the rugged slopes above Woodman Creek, completing their circle around the fire. Now holding and improving the line begins.
The FireRangers, 5 twenty-person crews from Ontario, Canada also went to the fire line, making this an international firefighting day. Even though it was hot and dry, weather was cooperative throughout the day. An excavator and feller buncher completed a contingency line, connecting the fire line with the Graves Creek jeep road by way of the ridge between Camp Creek and Woodman Creek. The contingency line will provide a backup in case the fire jumps the lines and moves towards the north. There is still a lot of active fire within the north containment lines, and spot fires across the line are a concern.
Structure protection crews were driven off the Blue Mountain Lookout today due to winds of about 50 miles per hour. They did continue fuel reduction work around the University of Montana observatory, thinning and removing trees in the immediate area. The BPA power line remains threatened by the fire, and lies between the fire edge and the lookout tower.
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.
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.