Lolo Peak Fire Update
Thursday, September 14, 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
Weather: Partly cloudy with increasing rain by the afternoon. Measurable precipitation associated with a storm front moving through the area is expected on all areas of the fire.
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: Red flag weather conditions resulted in very active fire behavior within the interior and in the Larry Creek drainage along the east side of the fire. Smoke was visible as helicopters dropped water and retardant on the southwest part of the fire minimizing growth to the north and the east near Bass Lake. Firefighters held the fire to the east side of Brushy Fork Road. A retardant line was established south of the active fire in Larry Creek prior to the minimal burn out operations that took place in the afternoon to manage the intensity of the fire as it progressed south. Suppression repair crews worked along Highway 12 and began work along the Highway 93 corridor.
Today: The fire is expected to be less active with the rain and cooler temperatures, but the interior areas will burn through the dense pockets of fuel where the fire is already established. Suppression repair work continues on the hand lines and dozer lines constructed during fire suppression efforts. Weather permitting Helicopters will drop water and retardant in Brushy Creek to hold the fire to the east of the road. Minimal burn operations will take place if necessary in the Larry Creek drainage to keep ahead of the fire as it moves 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.
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.
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.