September 2, 7:00 AM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information: NEW NUMBER 406-274-8913 September 2, 2013 – 7:00 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: Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Missoula County Disaster and Emergency Services, Missoula Rural Fire District, Montana Highway Patrol
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 Transition: Type 3 Incident Commander Karl Nikoleyczik and his team will prepare to take over management of the fire at 6:00 PM this evening. Demobilization of excess firefighting resources continues. Greg Poncin and his Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team would like to thank the community for their hospitality and support over the past 2 weeks. It is difficult for a community to temporarily absorb the equivalent of another small town within its’ midst. The Lolo community has been very gracious during our stay here and we thank you. Fire Activity: Firefighters will continue their mop up operations today around the fire area. They have mopped up approximately 200 feet into the fire from the fire line on the majority of the fire perimeter. The infrared flight to detect hotspots around the fire perimeter did not pick up many areas that firefighters had missed, but they will do another infrared flight this morning. The area of the fire line in the Woodman Creek drainage still needs the most work due to its’ remote location and difficult terrain. 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. Travelers on U.S. Highway 12 are limited to 45 mph from milepost 20 to 32, with no stopping or parking alongside the highway.
To learn how to become a volunteer firefighter with the Missoula Rural Fire District 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.