Lolo Peak Fire Update
Tuesday, September 12, 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: Sunny, warm and dry today. Partly cloudy by evening with the possibility of storms from the south brining rain showers, wind, and lightning.
Evacuations: No evacuation orders are currently in place for the Lolo Peak Fire.
Warnings: Missoula County has lifted the evacuation warnings on Highway 12 between Bear Creek and Graves Creek. Evacuation warnings remain in place west of Highway 93 from South Kootenai Creek Road to Holloway Lane.
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: Firefighters put 75,000 gallons of water on the western perimeter keeping the fire in check and suppressing a spot fire just outside of the perimeter. The fire continued to back down into the Brushy Creek drainage. No burn operations took place today and helicopters dropped retardant at the top of the ridge between the South Fork of Lolo Creek and Bass Creek. Mop-up work progressed along the Elk Meadows road on the west side of the fire. Monitor, patrol and mop-up of recent burnout operations continued on the east side of the fire. Suppression repair work continued in the Highway 12 corridor.
Today: As a result of the continued warm, dry weather, fuels are critically dry. Mop-up continues around the 373 Road in Brushy Fork and along the west side of the fire. Crews are completing suppression repair work on the Highway 12 corridor and will be working into the Highway 93 corridor. Firefighters are patrolling the east side of the fire. Minimal burn operations may take place as necessary to manage the intensity of the fire as it progresses south.
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.
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.
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.