Lolo Peak Fire Update
Wednesday, September 13, 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
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 P.M. UNTIL 8 P.M. TODAY
Weather: Partly cloudy with areas of smoke. Increasing clouds with showers and isolated thunderstorms developing after 5 pm. Showers are expected Thursday and Friday, associated with a storm front moving through the area.
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.
Evacuations: No evacuation orders are currently in place.
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: Fire was active on the west side of the fire, in Brushy Creek, the South Fork of Lolo Creek and on the east side in Sweeney Creek as the fire worked through pockets of unburned fuel. Gusty winds pushed the fire from the South Fork of Lolo Creek to the top of the ridge above Bass Lake. Crews on the west side contained two spot fires and held the perimeter. Crews continued suppression repair work on the Highway 12 corridor and into the Highway 93 corridor. Firefighters patrolled and mopped up the east side of the fire.
Today: With the continued warm, dry weather, fuels are critically dry. Active fire behavior is expected within the interior of the fire creating visible smoke columns this afternoon. Helicopters will be dropping water and retardant on the southwest part of the fire, concentrating on the South Fork of Lolo Creek and north of Bass Lake. Suppression repair crews will be working along Highway 12 and continue south along the Highway 93 corridor. Along the southeast edge of the fire, minimal burn out 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.
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.