Lolo Peak Fire is in the suppression-repair phase being managed by Lolo National Forest Incident Commander Stryker Clark. Repair work continues as weather provides a safe work environment and conditions are dry enough to repair firelines, roads, trails and other damage caused by fire suppression activities.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 02:34 PM|
|Location||Southwest of Lolo, Montana|
|Incident Commander||Stryker Clark, Lolo National Forest|
|Incident Description||This Will Be A Long-duration Wildfire Which Has Affected The Developed Corridors Of Highways 12 & 93.|
|Coordinates||46.674 latitude, -114.268 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||90%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Above 7,000 feet, generally sparse and /or patchy subalpine 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, less intense burning. Lower elevations near containment lines are Ponderosa pine with grass understory.
Minimal (smoldering) fire behavior limited to deep duff, 1000 hour fuels and stump holes. Fine fuels may become available to fire today or later in the week.
Div A: As weather permits, identify and implement suppression repair as needed.
Div B: As weather permits, implement suppression repair as needed. Patrol Elk Meadows road and the 373B road, taking appropriate action when needed to maintain ingress and egress.
Div C, E, F, H, L: Unstaffed
Div J, Continuing suppression repair efforts. The BAER team will continue with assessments.
Fire managers will continue to assess for opportunities to mitigate risk while monitoring smoldering fire activity and making progress on containment or suppression repair.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours - Overnight, minimal fire behavior with little to no spread anticipated.
24 hours - Minimal fire behavior with little to no spread anticipated.
48 hours- Minimal fire behavior with little to no spread anticipated.
72 hours: Minimal fire behavior with little to no spread anticipated.
Anticipated after 72 hours: Smoldering fire behavior limited to consumption of large fuels ,stump holes, and deep duff.
(7) Area burned based on improved data and previous perimeters. Infrared data as of September 24th, shows no perimeter movement for the past week.
(8,9) Full suppression is the strategy used on all parts of the perimeter where high values resources are threatened. This includes the west, north and east side of the fire. The southern portion of the perimeter which does not threaten private land will be managed with a confine strategy, using natural barriers, constructed fire line, retardant and water drops. A large part of this portion of the perimeter is in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The ratio between the strategies will be calculated based on perimeter progression. The amount of contained fire perimeter will be calculated accordingly.
A cold front moves through the area on Saturday
increasing the chance of precipitation. Cool and showery conditions persist into Sunday followed by a ridge of high pressure for the first part of next week.