Three weeks after the big blowup in Lolo Creek that burned five homes, the Lolo Complex fire is nearly extinguished. The flames, however, leave a legacy of destruction.
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LOLO – In a gully above Elk Meadows Road, new green grass already pokes out of the charcoal remains of the Lolo Creek Complex fire.
The mid-August fire left a moonscape along parts of U.S. Highway 12. It destroyed five homes and uncounted outbuildings, sheds and stuff – mostly in a two-day, 8,000-acre rampage that had many of the 4,000 residents of Lolo under evacuation notice 12 miles away. A few pockets of timber continue to burn above Woodman School, but restoration has begun.
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