Lolo Peak Fire stays active with high temperatures

MISSOULA, Mont. – The Lolo Peak Fire is still active with high temperatures and dry conditions. The fire is burning 10 miles southwest of Lolo at 7,292 acres.

The following information is provided by Inciweb.

The fire continues to be active with high temperatures and dry conditions. Helicopters continue to drop water and fire retardant to slow or “check” fire spread to the North and Northeast and to the Southwest. Fire is expected to continue spreading to the west down toward the South Fork of Lolo Creek.

To the southeast, crews are completing a primary containment line a short distance into Idaho, tying into an old fire scar. Firefighters are seeking opportunities to construct alternate containment lines between the established lines (along the valley bottoms in the Highway 12 and 93 corridors) and the fire perimeter.

Lolo Peak fire fighters are ready to assist the local forests and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation with extinguishing new fire starts in the Lolo Peak Fire area of operations. Fire danger remains extreme and fire could spread rapidly, especially in the valleys where it’s hotter and the fuels (grass, trees, and shrubs) are drier. Isolated thunderstorms will be a concern throughout the remainder of this week.

Evacuations/Closure Information: No new evacuations are in effect. An Evacuation Warning remains in place for the south side of Highway 12 from Fort Fizzle, west to the intersection with the Elk Meadows road; including Mill Creek. This is not an order to evacuate, only a warning so citizens can prepare should evacuations become necessary. Highway 12 remains open. Please do not stop along the road to view fire activity as it creates a traffic hazard.

Stage II Fire Restrictions are…

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