September 1, 8:00 AM Lolo Creek Complex Fire Update
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Information: 406-273-6831 or 406-273-6384 September 1, 2013 – 8:00 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: 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: 90% Expected Containment: Sept. 3rdFire Resources: 676 personnel; 17 Crews; 4 helicopters; 27 engines; 6 dozers; 17 water tenders.
National Forest Closure: To see a current map of the closure area, go to www.inciweb.org . Fire Activity: A Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Karl Nikoleyczik, will be “shadowing” their counterparts on Greg Poncin’s team starting today as they prepare to take over management of the fire at 6 pm on Monday, September 2nd. Demobilization of some firefighting resources has begun. The Canadian FireRangers will leave today for other fire assignments around Montana on the Gallatin and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests, and to support Initial Attack in the Helena area. Their hard work was much appreciated by American firefighters on the lines as they made a significant contribution in support of the suppression efforts on this fire. There will be an infrared flight this morning over the fire to detect any heat sources left that are close to the fire line which may have escaped detection by firefighters. Fire crews will continue their mop up operations around the fire, where temperatures will rise to the low 90’s with relative humidity dipping into the low teens. Yesterday small islands of green young trees torched as temperatures picked up, so they will be on the lookout today for any unburned islands of young trees close to the lines that might ignite and try to pick up a head of steam. The majority of the mop up work continues to be in the Camp Creek and Woodman Creek drainages on the north side of the fire. The south, west and east sides of the fire are in patrol status with repair work continuing.
Travelers on U.S. Highway 12 are limited to 45 mph from milepost 20 to 32, with no stopping or parking alongside the highway. Occasional smoke on the slopes will be visible into the fall season.
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.