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Map of the Lolo Peak Fire generated via infrared sensing flight, current as of Sunday morning, August 20
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From the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, 8/20, 12 p.m.

"***LOLO PEAK FIRE*** Some good news today... prefacing that this incident is not over as there is technically still no containment and fire dangers still exist. Having said that, evacuation orders for Sleeman Creek Road are lifted as of 11am today. Residents are still under evacuation WARNING.

Missoula City-County Health

Here's Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield's latest report for Sunday morning, August 20th:

"Good morning, The air quality in Missoula was good this morning, but only for a few hundred feet.

Map of the Lolo Peak Fire generated via infrared sensing flight, current as of Sunday morning, August 20
Eric Whitney

Fire crews are expecting a calmer day on the Lolo Peak Fire today. Mike Cole, a fire information officer with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team gave us this update about 9:00 am Sunday.  

"Saturday was a very good day and today we expect another one," Cole says.

Lolo Peak Fire Photos

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Smoke plume from the Lolo Peak fire as seen from Missoula the evening of 8/18.
Anne Hosler

Photos from the Lolo Peak Fire, 8/17 through 8/19.

Inciweb

Fire activity is picking up above the Florence area in the Bitterroot Valley at this hour. 

Inciweb

About noon Saturday, a firefighter was hit by a rock and took a fall near the ski area at McClain Creek. 

U.S. Forest Service

As the Lolo Peak Fire made its major run along Highway 12 Friday night, somebody decided to launch a drone to capture some dramatic video or pictures. This irresponsible behavior forced fire managers to shut down critical air operations over the fire area.

The east side of the Lolo Peak Fire, via a map generated by an infrared flight early Saturday morning
Eric Whitney

Fire Information Officer Bill Queen says the Lolo Peak Fire only jumped the primary containment line in one place last night, in the Maple Creek drainage. But he says no additional homes or structures were lost last night. The fire grew by about 9,000 acres last night, and it's total size is now 27,906 acres. 

We will update this post with additional information as it becomes available. 

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 18, 2017

Aug 18, 2017

As of 6:40 p.m. there is a new evacuation order along the north side of Highway 12, west of Stella Blue Dr., including all of Sleeman Creek Rd. The order does not include Stella Blue Dr.

A super scooper plane loads up at Seeley Lake on the evening of August 1, while fighting the Rice Ridge Fire visible in the background.
Eric Whitney

The waters of Seeley Lake were reopened for recreational use earlier Friday.

Kristen Miller, a spokesperson for the Rice Ridge Fire, says the lake reopened because super scooper planes that had been pulling water from the lake were no longer being used on the fire.

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