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Lolo Peak Fire

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Montana
Missoula, MT 59804

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July, 19 morning update

Lolo Peak Fire Wildfire
News – 7/19/2017

Fire Information: 406-825-9263

Approximate Size: 165 acres Containment: 0% The Lolo Peak fire is burning mid-slope directly west of Lolo Peak between the Meadow Creek and Falls Creek sub-drainages of the South Fork of Lolo Creek. This is approximately one mile west of the summit of Lolo Peak. At this time the majority of the fire is just within the northern boundary of the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness. Leach’s type 2 Incident Management team has assumed command of the fire and will be working with Forest Service, Montana DNRC and additional cooperators. Road and trail closures have been established around the fire for public safety. Mormon Peak Road, NFSR #612,beginning at the junction with Highway 12 and though sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9, T. 11 N., R. 20 W. to the junction with the area closure.South Fork Lolo Creek Road, NFSR #2160, Small Creek Road, NFSR #4292. Including all road encompassed by the area closure intersecting with open roads. Trails included: Mill Creek Trail, NFST #1310, Sweeney Trail, NFST #393, Bass Creek Trail, NFST #4 Including all trails encompassed by the area closure intersecting with open trails. Fire Update: The Lolo Peak fire is burning in the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness in very rugged terrain. Yesterday the fire grew south into the wilderness area. The rugged and inaccessible terrain does not allow for direct work on the fire line at this time by ground resources. Aviation assets will continue to monitor the fire and planning efforts are being developed to minimize impacts to local communities and infrastructure. Smoke from this fire will remain visible from Highway 12, the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula. Weather: Today’s weather will be sunny and temperatures are expected to be in the high 70’s to low 80’s in the fire area. Relative humidity will remain low in the teens. Thursday continues to be a day of critical fire weather this week. Special Concerns: Steep and inaccessible terrain creates dangerous conditions for firefighters. More Information: Fire behavior can change rapidly and visitors are encouraged to contact Fire Information at 406-825-9263 or email lolopeakfire@gmail.com for current fire information. Lolo National Forest Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/lolonationalforest/