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
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 02:34 PM|
|Location||10 miles southwest of Lolo, Montana|
|Incident Commander||Noel Livingston, PNW Team 3|
|Incident Description||Lolo Peak Fire Is A Long Duration Wildfire With The Potential To Reach The Corridors Of Highway 12 And Highway 93.|
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.
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.
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.
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.