Continued progress made on fires up Lolo Creek

August 8, 2019

Continued progress made on fires up Lolo Creek

MISSOULA, MT– A weather shift with predicted thunderstorms will be a focus of firefighting operations today. Crews will remain vigilant with the possibility of new lightning ignitions and gusty winds. Thunderstorms could produce moisture and wind gusts 25 to 40 mph. Daily thunderstorms are predicted through Saturday, with rain expected Sunday from a strong low-pressure system.

Updates on fires up Lolo Creek on the Lolo National Forest:

Wagon Mountain Fire, Missoula Ranger District

Location: Located on Wagon Mountain, approximately 2 miles northeast of Lolo Pass Visitor Center and east of Highway 12. Not to be confused with the Wagon Mountain Road between Graves Creek and Fish Creek Roads on the west side of Highway 12.

Status: Firefighting resources had another successful day on the Wagon Mountain Fire. Containment is now is at 70%. All of the control line was finished, and hose lay was placed around the fire’s perimeter. No helicopters were utilized in yesterday’s operations. Multiple partners are working the fire including the Montana Department of Natural Resources, Bitterroot and Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forests, and crews form other districts on the Lolo National Forest. There are 65 people assigned to the fire and it is being managed by a Type 4 Incident Commander. Strategy for managing the fire will be weather dependent and fire managers are hoping for 100% containment by the end of the day.

Acres: Approximately 17 acres

Cause: Lightning

Fire behavior: Smoldering and single tree torching.

Closures: Lee Creek Campground is closed for staging of firefighting equipment and overnighting firefighters. There is an area closure in effect around the fire for the protection of firefighting resources and public safety. This will includes closure of the Lee Creek Road #699, Lee Ridge Trail #295, Wagon Mountain Trail #300 and a segment of the historic Lolo Trail #15 (Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trails) from Highway 12 to the Montana/Idaho border. Please see InciWeb (listed below) or the Lolo National Forest website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/lolo/) for the specific closure order and map.

Structures or other values at risk: None at this time. No evacuations are in effect.

West Fork Lolo 2 Fire, Missoula Ranger District - This will be the final update unless there are major changes.

Location: 1 mile southwest of Lolo Hot Springs; .5 miles west of Lee Creek Campground across

Highway 12

Status: With 100% containment on Monday, there are four people assigned to the fire. Firefighters have gridded the fire for hot spots up to 400 feet from the fire’s perimeter. Crews will continue to grid and monitor the fire’s behavior.

Acres: Approximately 4 acres

Cause: Lightning

Closures: Lee Creek Campground is closed for staging of firefighting equipment and overnighting firefighters.

Fire Behavior: Interior surface fire in grass, shrub and conifer vegetation. Minimal fire activity.

Structures or other values at risk: None at this time. No evacuations are in effect.

If you build a campfire, make sure you use smart practices. If you are staying in a developed campground, use the provided fire ring. If you build a campfire, choose a spot that’s protected from wind gusts and at least 15 feet from your tent, gear, and anything flammable. Clear a 10-foot diameter area around your campfire spot by removing leaves, grass, and anything burnable down to the dirt. And as always, have a shovel, buckets and a source of water to extinguish the flame. If you see smoke, please report it to the Missoula Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 829-7070 or 911.

2019 Fire Season: The Lolo National Forest remains in very high fire danger. This year to date there have been 52 wildfires within the Lolo National Forest protection area; 34 human caused, 18 lightning caused. So far, approximately 476 acres have been impacted by wildfire on the Lolo National Forest.

 

For continued updates please visit InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6505/  and follow the Lolo National Forest on Facebook @lolonationalforest and on Twitter @LoloNF.





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