August 31, 7:00 PM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information Hotline: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 August 31, 2013 – 7:00 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: 90% Expected Containment: Sept. 3rdFire Resources: 676 personnel; 17 Crews; 5 helicopters; 27 engines; 6 dozers; 17 water tenders.
National Forest Closure: To see a current map of the closure area, go to www.inciweb.org . Fire Activity: A hold-over lightning fire south of the Complex sent a helicopter with a bucket from the helibase this morning. Dennis Morton, Air Operations Branch Director, said that the Carlton Ridge Fire, about 1/10 acre, was “…washed off the side of the mountain…” until firefighters arrived to finish mop up. Firefighters concentrated today on picking up hot spots along the line using a hand-held infrared sensor to detect heat in areas that did not show any smoke. By the end of operations today they will have mopped up about 100 feet in from the fire line around a major portion of the fire. The majority of the mop up work continues to be in the Camp Creek and Woodman Creek drainages on the north side of the fire. They also worked on slash removal along burned areas of US Highway 12 using a chipper. The south, west and east sides of the fire are in patrol status. A Type 3 Incident Management Team will replace Poncin’s team on Monday evening.
For information on creating defensible space around your home and property, go to http://www.firewise.org/information/who-is-this-for/homeowners/defensible-space.aspx.
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. Local residents and travelers should expect to see occasional smoke on the slopes above the valley floor as stumps, snags and logs continue to smolder into the fall season. These should be located well within containment lines.
All federal, state, and private lands in West Central Montana are in Stage 1 fire restrictions. For specific information on these restrictions, go to http://fwp.mt.gov/news/drought/definitions.html.