August 30, 8:00 PM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information Hotline: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 August 30, 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: 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: 85% Expected Containment: Sept. 3rd
Fire Resources: 685 personnel; 16 Crews; 5 helicopters; 27 engines; 6 dozers; 18 water tenders. A red flag warning is in effect until 9:00 PM for low humidity and gusty winds.
National Forest Closure: The Lolo National Forest reduced the size of the closure area around the fire at 5 PM today in time for the Labor Day weekend. In particular, some areas south of US Highway 12 and part of the Blue Mountain Recreation Area are now open. Fort Fizzle, Earl Tennant Campground and Lolo Creek Campground along US Highway 12 remain closed. To see a current map of the new closure area, go to www.inciweb.org . Fire Activity: Firefighters continued mop up and line improvement this morning on the north side of the fire in the areas of Camp Creek, Woodman Creek and Sawmill Gulch. American and Canadian crews extended hose lines to provide water as mop up progressed in earnest ahead of today’s predicted winds. By noon winds were gusting up to 18 MPH. Today’s wind was the first big test on the north fire lines and they held. A contingency line between the north fire line and the Graves Creek jeep road remains as backup to the existing fire line. The BPA power line remains in the path of the fire, about 1.5 miles north of the fire line. Structure protection is in place on Blue Mountain Lookout and the University of Montana observatory. The south, west and east sides of the fire are in patrol and mop up status. 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.