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Granite Pass Complex

Unit Information

Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

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Granite Pass Complex - FINAL Daily Update, August 21, 2021

Granite Pass Complex Wildfire
News – 8/21/2021

Due to a decrease in fire activity and recent precipitation, this is the final update for the Granite Pass Complex unless conditions and fire activity change.


  • Crews: 0
  • Engines: 6
  • Helicopters: 0
  • Water Tenders: 2
  • Heavy Equipment: 3
  • Personnel: 55

Fire Statistics

  • Location: Multiple locations near Lolo Pass
  • Date of Origin: July 12, 2021
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Total fire acres: 5,910
  • Containment: 15%
  • Cost: $10.1 million
  • Injuries: 0
  • Structures Lost: 0
  • Structures Threatened: 33


Fires in the Granite Pass Complex are being managed under a full suppression strategy with public and firefighter safety as the number one priority. The Granite Pass Complex consists of four fires. The Shotgun and Boulder Creek fires are on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The BM Hill Fire is on both the Nez Perce-Clearwater and the Lolo National Forests. The Lolo Creek fire is exclusively on the Lolo National Forest. The fire area is forecast to receive a quarter of an inch of rain or more by Sunday morning with times of heavy rainfall possible. After Sunday, cooler temperatures will persist with breezy southwest winds and drier conditions. Repair work is underway on indirect control lines in several areas around the fire including chipping to remove woody debris, repair of both heavy equipment and hand line, and road grading. Engine crews will continue to patrol and monitor for areas of isolated heat. Please slow down and exercise caution as you are driving through the area as heavy equipment and crews will be traveling on Highway 12 and surrounding roads.

Lolo and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests BM Hill Fire: 5,006 acres, located approximately 1.25 miles north of the Lolo Pass Visitor Center and one-half mile west of Highway 12. Lolo National Forest Lolo Creek Fire: 165 acres, located approximately one quarter mile west of Highway 12 and one mile north of the Lolo Pass Visitor Center. Crews have completed control lines on the fire perimeter and the fire is in patrol status. Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Shotgun: 528 acres, located approximately two miles south of the Lolo Pass Visitor Center and four miles west of Highway 12. Boulder Creek Fire: 211 acres, located approximately five miles west of the Lolo Pass Visitor Center. The Shotgun and Boulder Creek fires are in very remote, steep, and rugged terrain. Fire spread has been minimal due to the 2015 Boulder Fire scar where limited fuels are available.