August 30, 8:00 AM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information Hotline: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 August 30, 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, 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.
A red flag warning is in effect from noon through 9:00 PM for low humidity and gusty west-northwest winds of 18-23 MPH, gusting to 30 MPH.
Fire Activity: Firefighters will continue mop up and line improvement this morning on the north side of the fire in the areas of Camp Creek, Woodman Creek and Sawmill Gulch. Operations Section Chief Phil Perkins told firefighters this morning that their mission was to “….search and destroy…” hot spots close to the fire line in anticipation of this afternoon’s predicted increase in winds. Today’s wind will be the first big test of the north fire line to see if it will hold. 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 BPA 500 KV power line remains in the path of the fire, about 1.5 miles north of the fire line. Structure protection is completed on Blue Mountain Lookout and the University of Montana observatory. The south, west and east sides of the fire are in patrol and mop up status.
Over 600 students, teachers and parents attended a DNRC/IMT presentation about life in a fire camp yesterday afternoon at the Lolo Elementary School.
The Missoula County Rural Fire District encourages all homeowners to look at this fire as a “teachable moment” by examining their own property for fire hazards, especially within 30 feet of their buildings. For more information on how to prepare for the next wildfire in this area, go to www.firewise.org .
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.
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.