Updated October 1, 2017: The winter weather advisory predicted 1" to 3" of snow for last night in the higher elevations of the Lolo Peak Fire area. Yesterday, Incident Commander Clark and I.C. Trainee David Megorden pulled off some of the equipment to prevent damaging roads, getting equipment stuck, and to stay out of the trees in windy conditions. The Hot Shot crew, water tender, and road grader were demobilized. Remaining on the fire are four excavators, three equipment bosses, a resource advisor, an EMT, Incident Commanders and other district personnel as needed.
Today, with snow accumulation of only 1/2 ", they continued working two excavators to repair roads that were used as firelines.
The following summarizes accomplishments and estimates remaining work to be done:
Bitteroot NF: Completed equipment work on the East side of the fire, with the exception of the road above the ski area, which has several downed trees and is in poor condition and unsafe to complete until it drier conditions. Removed repeaters and the portable weather station from the fire. Work remaining to the south includes removing log decks.
Lolo NF: North side of the fire: Completed road grading work, dozer line repair, and most of the re-seeding. Remaining work includes pulling in a berm at the end of Forest Road 2160, assessing the top part of the Mormon Creek Road for repair, a small amount of seeding, and fence repair.
West side of the fire near the border of Idaho is where the greatest amount of work is still left. Completed includes the repair of Skookum Butte Lookout, grading most of Elk Meadows Road, repairing a large amount of dozer line, and seeding numerous areas. Remaining work includes dozer line repair from H 21 to the Skookum Butte Trailhead, snowmobile trail repair, an area near Forest Road 4292, and an area of the creek near Skookum Trailhead.
Nez Perce-Clearwater NF : On the Idaho side of the fire, work remaining includes piling slash on Forest Road 373 B from Elk Meadows to the Skookum Trailhead and assessing needs for Forest Road 5903 east from Elk Meadows Road.