Lolo Peak Fire

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Lolo Peak Fire


Evacuation Information as of August 17, 2017 at 12:45 a.m.
NEW EVACUATION ORDER for Hwy 93 Lolo Peak Fire, 10:00 PM WED 8/16/17: As of 10:00 PM on Wednesday, August 16th there is an Evacuation ORDER to immediately leave the area per the Missoula County... more


Approximate Location

46.675 latitude, -114.27 longitude

Incident Overview

August 17, 2017 REVISED Meeting Announcement

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Daily Briefing Video

Lolo Peak Fire Briefing Video

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 02:34 PM
Location10 miles southwest of Lolo, Montana
Incident CommanderNoel Livingston, PNW Team 3
Incident DescriptionLolo Peak Fire Is A Long Duration Wildfire With The Potential To Reach The Corridors Of Highway 12 And Highway 93.

Current Situation

Total Personnel533
Size11,339 Acres
Fuels Involved

Above 7,000 feet, the vegetation was generally sparse and/or patchy sub-alpine fir with dead whitebark pine. Below 7,000 feet, mixed conifers that vary in composition, density and dead/down levels. With more lodgepole pine, higher intensity burning and with more larch there is less intense burning. Lower elevations near containment lines are Ponderosa Pine with grass understory.

Significant Events

After the inversion break, the fire became very active. Steady backing and flanking with single and group tree torching and short uphill runs where slope, and wind align. Significant spotting with distances to one half mile.


Planned Actions

Branch I - Maintain anchor point and engage fire on primary containment line. Utilize aerial and hand lighting techniques where feasible to manage growth and maintain the fire perimeter within the primary containment lines. Coordinate with structure protection units and other resources. Utilize aircraft to check the spread of the fire and contain spots that occurred overnight.

Branch II - Coordinate with Branch I on possible anchor points and engage fire on primary containment lines. If feasible, manage fire growth and intensity using firing operations. Continue to improve containment lines and test water systems. Utilize aircraft to check fire spread and contain spots that occurred overnight. Support Branch I as necessary with additional resources.

Branch III - Unstaffed

Structure Group - Support Branch I and II and prepare to engage fire as necessary.

Night Shift - Monitor, patrol and take suppression action as needed.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire activity continues into the evening and should diminish by midnight. Very active to extreme fire behavior. Potential for fire with single and group tree torching, uphill crown runs with spotting half mile or more. Potential for multiple active areas at a time. Potential for burn period to extend into evening/night. Backing and flanking with rollout on steeper slopes.


Unified command was put in place on Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Transfer of command from Pacific Northwest Team 3 (Noel Livingston, Incident Commander) to Northern Rockies Team A (Greg Poncin, Incident Commander) will occur on August 17, 2017.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The inversion broke late in the afternoon resulting in lower relative humidity and some westerly winds to ten miles per hour. Up valley (southeast) winds developed along the highway 12 corridor 4-8 miles per hour with gusts up to 15 miles per hour. Winds along the highway 12 corridor will become downvalley after 5:00 p.m. and persist much of the night. Another inversion with strong thermal belts will also develop. Poor recoveries 30-40% will occur. Thursday will be very similar with inversions breaking in the afternoon. Expect low relative humidities in the upper teens and upvalley winds to ten miles per hour.

Unit Information

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

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