September 1, 7:00 PM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 September 1, 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: Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Missoula County Disaster and Emergency Services, Missoula Rural Fire District, Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Army National Guard
Current size: 10,902 acres Containment: 90% Expected Containment: Sept. 3rdFire Resources: 463 personnel; 8 Crews; 4 helicopters; 21 engines; 5 dozers; 14 water tenders.
National Forest Closure: To see a current map of the closure area, go to www.inciweb.org .Fire Activity: Type 3 Incident Commander Karl Nikoleyczik and his team spent the day “shadowing” their counterparts on Greg Poncin’s team as they prepare to take over management of the fire at 6 pm on Monday, September 2nd. Demobilization of excess firefighting resources continues. Firefighters spent the day doing mop up around the fire area, improving lines and doing some repair work. They have now mopped up about 120 feet into the fire area from the fire line around the majority of the fire perimeter, putting out smoldering stumps, snags, root systems and logs. The south, west and east sides of the fire are in patrol status with repair work continuing. Residents and travelers should expect to see occasional smoke coming from the interior of the fire area until a season-ending weather event completely extinguishes the fire. The Montana Army National Guard will complete their final shift on the fire this evening. Many thanks for a job well done!
Travelers on U.S. Highway 12 are limited to 45 mph from milepost 20 to 32, with no stopping or parking alongside the highway.
The Missoula Rural Fire District (MRFD) encourages all homeowners to examine their 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 . To learn how to become a volunteer firefighter with the MRFD go to http://www.mrfdfire.org/volunteer_program.html
Prevention Message: All federal, state, and private lands in West Central Montana are in Stage 1 fire restrictions. For information go to http://fwp.mt.gov/news/drought/definitions.html. For further information on this fire or other fires around the country, visit www.inciweb.org.