August 27, 7:00 PM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information Hotline: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 August 27, 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
Current size: 10,902 acres Containment: 60% Expected Containment: Sept. 3rdFire Resources: 926 personnel; 19 Crews; 7 helicopters; 49 engines; 5 dozers; 24 water tenders
Fire Activity: Helicopters were in operation by late morning as they continued to pound the north side of the fire with retardant to support line construction on the ground. The Woodman Creek canyon is perfectly aligned with southwest winds for fire movement towards the northeast. Current weather patterns have a southwesterly flow that could cause problems if winds increased significantly. Increasing temperatures and lower humidity helped increase fire activity on the north side today but the lines held, with line construction nearly completed. Structure protection crews continued prepping the Blue Mountain Lookout and University of Montana observatory as a precautionary measure in case the fire moves towards the north east through Woodman Creek canyon. The BPA power line is between the fire edge and the lookout tower, about one mile south of the lookout. Crews and equipment thinned and removed trees around the observatory. Structure protection specialists have determined that the roof of the observatory cannot be wrapped due to the way it is built so they will wrap the telescope inside the building instead.
The south side, west and east flanks of the fire are in full mop-up and patrol status. However, the evacuation warning still remains in effect for all residents along U.S. Highway 12 and Lolo that were previously under a warning or evacuation notice.
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. 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.