September 2, 8:00 PM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
A Type III organization took command of the fire at 6:00 p.m. today.
Updates will be published once daily starting September 3rd unless fire conditions change.
Information: NEW NUMBER 406-274-8913 September 2, 2013 – 8:00 PM
What: Wildland Fire
Started: August 18, 2013
Location: Approximately 8 miles west of Lolo, MT
Jurisdiction: Montana DNRC
Cooperating Agencies: US Forest Service, Montana DNRC
Other Cooperating or Assisting Agencies: Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Missoula County Disaster and Emergency Services, Missoula Rural Fire District, Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Department of Transportation.
Current size: 10,902 acres
Expected Containment: Sept. 3rd, 2013Fire Resources: 247 personnel; 4 Crews; 3 helicopters; 8 engines; 3 dozers; 4 water tenders.National Forest Closure: To see a current map of the closure area, go to www.inciweb.org, and further questions regarding the closure can be addressed by the Missoula Ranger District at 406-329-3814.Transition:
The transition of operations to a Type III team occurred this evening at 6:00.p.m. The change in management team reflects the adequate staffing to manage resources the fire currently requires. The Lolo Community Center will remain as the camp location. Fire Status:
Line improvement and mop-up efforts by hand crews continued in the Woodman Creek and Camp Creek drainages on the fire’s northern flank. The south, west, and east sides of the fire are in patrol status with repair work continuing.
Crews will continue to patrol in residential areas and work on suppression repair along the south, west, and east sides. The Woodman Creek and Camp Creek drainages above Sawmill Gulch will continue to have line improved and be patrolled.
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.
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.