Lolo Peak Fire Information Briefing: Tonight, August 10, @ 7:00 p.m., Lolo Community Center, 12345 Hwy 93, Lolo, MT.
Weather and fire behavior: Temperature today will be in the 80’s and relative humidity will be as low as 15-percent, with winds generally light, 3-7 mph with gusts to 12 mph. Smoke in the area is lighter today so with more direct solar heating portions of the fire’s northern edge may see increased activity, primarily in Cedar Creek, the South Fork of Lolo Creek and Johnny Creek. Some single tree and group torching and short runs up slope may occur, making the fire more visible to residents in the Hwy 12 corridor. There is a chance for isolated thunderstorms. A windy period is forecast by Sunday with a dry, windy cold front passing Monday.
Yesterday: Fire growth was minimal, with most of the activity southeast of Lolo Creek. Crews are maintaining pumps, hoses and sprinklers to ensure they will be ready to protect homes and reinforce the fire line, if needed.
Today: Firefighters efforts are ongoing to manage fire growth to avoid an alignment where wind, topography and fuels, which could allow for rapid growth to the northeast toward homes and structures along U.S. 12 and the town of Lolo. Fire activity is expected to be moderate today, but continuing to spread west down toward the South Fork of Lolo Creek where firefighters will be improving smaller containment blocks as fire backs downhill.
To the southwest, crews have completed work on the primary containment line, tying into a bare rock outcrop near the old “Rocky Fire” scar. Firefighters are scouting for opportunities and constructing alternate containment lines using old road beds along the valley bottoms in the Highway 12 and 93 corridors.
Lolo Peak fire fighters are ready to assist the local national forests and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation with extinguishing new fire starts in the Lolo Peak Fire area of operations. Fire danger remains extreme in the region and new ignitions could spread rapidly, especially in the valleys where it’s hotter and the grass, trees, and shrubs are drier. Isolated thunderstorms will be a concern daily through Saturday evening, with increasing SW winds 10-20mph expected on Sunday. Much cooler Monday.
Evacuations/Closure Information: No Evacuations are in effect. An Evacuation Warning remains in place for the south side of Highway 12 from Fort Fizzle, west to the intersection with the Elk Meadows Road, including the Mill Creek Road area. This is not an order to evacuate, only a warning so citizens can prepare should evacuations become necessary.
Highway 12 remains open. Please do not stop along the road to view fire activity as it creates a traffic hazard.