Lolo Peak Fire Update
Tuesday, September 5, 2017; 8:30 AM
Northern Rockies Incident Management Team
Doug Turman, Incident Commander
Fire origin: July 15, 2017, ten miles southwest of Lolo, MT.
Fire Information: (406) 272-5433 Hours: 7am – 9pm
Websites: Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5375
Missoula County Sheriff: http://tinyurl.com/ya93jpuf
Ravalli County: http://ravalli.us/557/Fire-Incident-Information
Facebook: Bitterroot National Forest Facebook Page
Lolo National Forest Facebook Page
COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT
7:00pm Stevensville High School, 300 Park Street, Stevensville, MT
Closures: New closure orders are in effect for the Lolo National Forest and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. For specific area closure information on the Lolo, Nez Perce-Clearwater, and Bitterroot National Forests please visit the appropriate National Forest website.
Weather: Following the passing front, winds will subside and the inversion is expected to remain through Thursday afternoon.
Fire Information Locations: Staffed fire information locations are at
Super 1 Foods in Stevensville and Farmers State Bank in Florence. Fire information is also available at the weigh station in Lolo at the corner of Highways 12 and 93.
Evacuations: The Evacuation Order has been lifted for the Sweeney Creek, Larry Creek and Bass Creek North areas of the Lolo Peak Fire.
Warnings: The Evacuation Warning remains in effect. See the attached map for clarification.
For current evacuation information, visit the Missoula County and Ravalli County Sheriffs’ Facebook pages.
45 mPH speed limit through the fire area - HIGHWAYS ARE OPEN.
Summary: The inversion hampered air operations on the fire but with use of satellite imagery and detection, hot spots were detected in areas where the fire was actively burning on the west side of the fire and in the North Fork of Sweeney Creek. Areas prepared for burnout operations in Sweeney Creek were successfully burned. With no air support available firefighters improvised and used available trucks with spray units to apply retardant directly on the ground in preparation for future burn operations. Suppression repair work continues on the north side of the fire. Structure assessments are being completed in the St. Mary’s and Indian Prairie areas along Highway 93 south of South Kootenia Creek Road as well as in the Graves Creek area along Highway 12 west of Bear Creek. Members of the National Guard are present to support the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Department in providing security at the existing road blocks.
Today: Air support for operations will be limited or unavailable until the inversion lifts. Predicted light up-slope winds will be helpful to complete the burn operations in the Sweeney Creek area designed to connect previously burned areas and mitigate the probability of high intensity fire from impacting residences and other high value resources. Suppression repair work and structure assessments will continue.
Please do not stop along the highways to view fire activity. It creates a significant traffic hazard, impedes firefighter traffic, and impacts the safety of firefighters and citizens.
Firewise: For information on how to improve the chances of your homes and structures surviving a wildfire, visit the Firewise website at www.Firewise.org.
Evacuation/Closure Information: Evacuations and road closures are based upon the need to provide for safety of the public and firefighters, current fire behavior, forecasted weather, and planned suppression operations. Fire officials, Missoula and Ravalli County Sheriff’s Offices, and Montana Department of Transportation will evaluate the evacuation and road closures daily. The Incident Commander, Missoula County Rural Fire Chief, Ravalli County Fire Warden, and the Missoula and Ravalli County Sheriffs appreciate your patience and will work hard to get you back into your homes as soon as it is safe to do so. Go to the Sheriffs Offices’ Facebook pages for the most current information.
Drones and TFR: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Lolo Peak Fire remains in effect. The restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. If drones are detected, air operations stop. “If you fly, we can’t! If you see a drone in the fire area, including the evacuation areas, report it immediately to 406-272-5433. Please provide your name, phone number, location and time you observed the drone. Your cooperation is needed to insure the safety of our pilots.
Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect for Missoula and Ravalli Counties and across the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests. Additional information can be found on Inciweb.
Jurisdiction: The fire is under the jurisdiction of the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests and the Montana Department of Natural Resources (MTDNRC). It is being managed under unified command consisting of Incident Commander Turman, Missoula Rural Fire Chief Newman and Ravalli County Fire Warden Mohn.
Missoula County residents can receive emergency notifications of critical alerts via their choice of text, phone and/or email by signing up at Smart911.com. Residents in Ravalli County can download the Ravalli County Sheriff’s app to their mobile devices to receive critical information notifications.
Cooperators: Stevensville, Ravalli & Missoula County Government; Ravalli and Missoula County Sheriffs' Offices; Missoula Rural Fire; Florence VFD; Florence – Carlton School District; Nez Perce Tribe; Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; MDOT; Carlton and Bass Lake Irrigation; Ravalli and Missoula County DES; Private Landowners.