Lolo Peak Fire Update
Friday, September 8, 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
Closures: Closure orders are in effect for portions of the Bitterroot, Lolo and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Specific area closure information is available on those forest websites and inciweb.
Weather: The stagnant weather pattern causing the heavy inversions should begin to change this afternoon. A low pressure system over southern Canada will bring strong westerly winds Saturday and Sunday.
Evacuations: No evacuation orders are currently in place for the Lolo Peak Fire.
Warnings: The evacuation warning for residents north of Tie Chute Lane has been rescinded. Evacuation warnings remain in place south of Highway 12 in Elk, Bear and Graves Creek areas as well as west of Highway 93 from Tie Chute Lane south to South Kootenai Creek Road.
For additional evacuation information, visit the Missoula County and Ravalli County Sheriffs’ Facebook pages.
HIGHWAYS ARE OPEN - 45 mPH speed limit on highway 12 from Elk Meadows Road to Woodman school.
Summary: There were pockets of fire activity throughout most of the fire area. The inversion and fog kept visibility low in the valley. Firefighters worked along the west side of the fire to contain two spot fires south of the 373 Road. The fire moved out of the South Fork of Lolo Creek into Brushy Creek. Hand-ignition burnout operations continued through the night to complete work ahead of the strong winds predicted for the weekend. The structure protection group wrapped the Skookum Butte fire lookout tower on the Montana/Idaho Border.
Today: The inversion is expected lift this afternoon. Weather conditions are changing above the inversion with increased winds expected associated with a low pressure front moving through the fire area. National Guard fire crews arrived and will work on the west side of the fire. Firefighters will use hand-ignition to bring the fire down the south slope in Sweeney Creek connecting it to the previously burned area. The plan is for the burned area to be wide enough to prevent the fire spotting out of the perimeter in anticipation of increased westerly winds over the weekend.
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.
Firewise: Visit www.Firewise.org for information on how to protect your home, structures and property from wildfire.
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.