In the event of an emergency, when an evacuation becomes necessary, the designated responsibility in Montana counties lies with the respective County Sheriff Office for executing and maintaining the actual evacuation process from the initial evacuation order.
On the Lolo Peak Fire, an Evacuation Warning was issued on August 1st for areas near the Highways 12 / 93 corridors (south and west). It was extended at 5:00 p.m. on August 11 to include both the NORTH and SOUTH sides of the highway from Fort Fizzle west to Mile Post 20 at Bear Creek.
Currently, there is no evacuation order in place, however under an evacuation warning, residents should be prepared for an immediate evacuation in the future.
In the event of an evacuation order, an emergency vehicle would move through affected neighborhoods with alternating sirens. Various options are in place for notification:
Missoula County – Residents can receive Emergency Notification of critical alerts via their choice of Text, Phone and/or Email by signing up @Smart911.com.
Ravalli County – Residents can download the “Ravalli County Sheriff’s App” to their mobile devices to receive critical information notification.
Residents can also monitor “Fire Weather Watch” on TV / Radio.
The Incident Management Team is coordinating closely with cooperators, including the Missoula County Sheriff, Missoula Rural Fire District, and Missoula County Office of Emergency Management, with detailed plans in the event that evacuations are necessary.