Lolo Peak Fire Update
Sunday, September 24, 2017; 8:30 AM
Northern Rockies Incident Management Team
Mike Almas, 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: Today will be mostly sunny with light and variable winds. Highs in the upper 50’s in the valleys and near 45 degrees at higher elevations. Fire behavior will be minimal.
Closures: Numerous road, trail, and area closures 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 and Warnings: No evacuation orders or alerts are currently in place. The Ravalli County Sheriff rescinded the remaining evacuation warnings for the Lolo Peak Fire.
Updates and alerts: Stage 2 fire restrictions have been lifted in Ravalli County, but open burning is still prohibited. In Missoula County, Stage 1 and 2 fire restrictions have been lifted. Open burning remains prohibited. Please refer to local Sheriff’s Office or MT DNRC for details.
Yesterday’s Actions: Suppression repair activities continue to ramp up for the work ahead with additional equipment being added each day. Two more excavators were added to the previous six working on the Lolo Peak Fire and today suppression repair work will be aided by log loaders joining the effort. Currently, 137 miles of fireline has been identified for suppression repair and 73 miles have been completed to date. Hotshot crews extended a fireline and mopped up hotspots north of Larry Creek.
Today’s Plan:Fire crews aided by eight excavators and a log loader will continue with suppression repair efforts along Elk Meadows Road and the east-side of the fire between the ski hill and Larry Creek. These activities not only minimize the impacts of line construction, but also repair damaged fences and clogged streams impacted by suppression activities. Suppression repair activities facilitate restoration of the ecosystems impacted, they also improve how the areas look after the fire.
Fire Information Locations: Fire information bulletin boards are available at the weigh station in Lolo at the corner of Highways 12 and 93, the IGA in Florence, and the Super 1 Foods in Stevensville.
Jurisdiction: The fire is under the jurisdiction of the Lolo, Bitterroot and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and the Montana Department of Natural Resources (MTDNRC). Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is managing the fire.
Cooperators: Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office, Ravalli County Fire/Emergency Management, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Missoula Rural Fire Department, Missoula Electric Cooperative, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Nez Perce Tribe, Montana DNRC/FWP, Montana DOT, Montana Army National Guard