August 29, 8:00 PM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information Hotline: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 August 29, 2013 – 8:00 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: 75% Expected Containment: Sept. 3rdFire Resources: 757 personnel; 16 Crews; 5 helicopters; 39 engines; 2 dozers; 19 water tenders.
Fire Activity: Firefighters concentrated on fire line improvement today, hauling pumps and hoses into Woodman Creek canyon to begin moving water to the line for mop up. Canadian firefighters joined in as existing lines were widened and improved. By late afternoon they had to pull off the line due to passing thunderstorms with downdraft winds that also hit the fire camp, damaging facilities and tents. Tomorrow’s weather calls for a significant increase in wind that could be a big test on the north line. The concern is that unburned vegetation within the fire perimeter could ignite with spotting of the fire across the line to the north. A contingency line between the north fire line and the Graves Creek jeep road has been completed to provide a backup plan just in case. The Graves Creek jeep road already has a fuel break that was a contingency line during the 2003 Black Mountain Fire. The fire received less than 1/10th inch of rain which will have very limited effect on the fire. The south, west and east sides of the fire are in patrol status with a few areas of mop up left.
There will be no additional structure protection on Blue Mountain Lookout and fuel reduction work around the University of Montana observatory has been completed. The BPA 500 KV power line remains in the path of the fire, about 1.5 miles north of the fire line.
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 including the Blue Mountain Recreation 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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