The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION ORDER to immediately leave the Hwy 12 corridor from mile marker 20 at Bear Creek to Fort Fizzle; this is for both the NORTH and SOUTH sides of Hwy 12. Do not delay, wildfire conditions present an immediate threat.
Evacuees should stop at Roper’s Lounge at 10565 US Highway 12, Lolo to check in with Sheriff’s Deputies.
The Red Cross will open a shelter at the Florence Carlton Community Church at 20075 old US Highway 93 at 12 PM today. For animal sheltering call Animal Control at 541-7387 and leave a message.
Law enforcement and fire department cooperators on the Lolo Peak Fire have entered Unified Command this morning following significant fire spread overnight and extreme fire weather predicted for today. Wind gusts of 40 miles per hour (or more) are predicted for today.
Last night outflow winds from thunderstorms moved across the Lolo Peak Fire bringing strong winds which resulted in significant growth on the north edge of fire. After smoke cleared out of the valleys, firefighters were able to get a much better look this morning and determined that there was fire established north of what has been referred to as management action point six. The fire is expected to reach primary containment lines to the north today.
The Lolo Peak Fire will be receiving an influx of additional resources, some from surrounding fires and structure resources from Missoula Rural and Ravalli County.