LOLO - Wednesday's first order of business on the Lolo Creek Complex fires is to assess the extent of Tuesday night's blowup to the east and north - a run that pushed the burn area to at least 8,000 acres.

The good news, according to fire information officer Cindy Super, is that there was "no more significant growth after last evening's impressive push. Activity was quiet ... during the night."

But the weather forecast for Wednesday is much the same, "with the largest concern being strong and shifting winds," Super said.

A Type 1 incident management team took over responsibility for the Lolo Creek Complex at 6 a.m. Wednesday, and additional firefighting resources are expected to arrive at camp throughout the day.

There are some new road closures because of Tuesday night's blowup.

The Montana Department of Transportation has closed Fish Creek Road from Interstate 90 (Fish Creek exit) to Highway 12 (at mile marker 6) and also Graves Creek/Petty Creek Road until further notice.

U.S. Highway 12 remains closed west of Lolo.

Evacuation notices remain in effect from Bear Creek Road to Sleeman Gulch.

Watch Missoulian.com throughout the day for updates on the fires, evacuations, weather and road closures.

Editor Sherry Devlin can be reached at 523-5250 or at sdevlin@missoulian.com.

(6) comments

Merchandiser
Merchandiser

Objective observer, I am wondering what you background is in Fire Management, Incident Command, and Evacuation Procedures?

Objective observer
Objective observer

"The Montana Department of Transportation has CLOSED the Fish Creek Road from Interstate 90 (Fish Creek exit) to Highway 12 (at Mile Marker Six) and also Graves Creek/Petty Creek Road until further notice."

This is TOTALLY unnecessary and concrete evidence of public officials OVERREACH in these situations. Those are public, throughgoing roads through public property NOT affected by the fires and they should remain OPEN to the public unless it is absolutely necessary to close them.

47MLBMKSEA
47MLBMKSEA

Settle down! I am sure you would be singing a different tune if your property was burning! GREAT job Montana DOT and firefighters. Stay home if you can't go hug your favorite tree.

Objective observer
Objective observer

I said nothing negative about the firefighters...My comment was about the MT DOT and their overreacting in this situation. This has nothing to do with tree hugging either.

Bogart
Bogart

We need to be very thankful for the job the firefighters and Montana DOT and everyone that is working to save peoples homes and lives.

Salish
Salish

Maybe you should phone the DOD and ask them why these roads have been closed. You might actually learn something about logical necessity.

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