Fire Season http://mtpr.org en Crews Working Two Fire Starts http://mtpr.org/post/crews-working-two-fire-starts <p style="margin-left:9.0pt;">Fire crews are fighting - and mopping up after, respectively - two new fires on the Lolo National Forest. Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig&nbsp; says one is called the <strong>Fire Creek Fire</strong>. That's a lightning caused fire approximately three miles northwest of the Stark Lookout and 22 miles northwest of Missoula on the Ninemile Ranger District. As of 6:30 this evening, the fire was two acres and burning in thick, downed vegetation. The location is remote and no structures are threatened. Fire behavior has been active, with single tree torching. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:54:16 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22131 at http://mtpr.org Fire Season Information http://mtpr.org/post/fire-season-information <p></p><p>Here are links and phone numbers for up-to-date information about fire season in the Northern Rockies, including restrictions and closures, and local air quality.</p><p><strong>Firewise - be proactive in making your home or landscape safer from wildfire</strong> <a href="http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/be-firewise/home-and-landscape.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/be-firewise/home-and-landscape.aspx</a></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:09:10 +0000 MTPR 5423 at http://mtpr.org Fire Season Information Evacuation order for Miller Creek fire lifted http://mtpr.org/post/evacuation-order-miller-creek-fire-lifted <p style="margin-left:9.0pt;"><strong>This from the Montana DNRC:</strong></p><p style="margin-left: 9pt;"><em><strong>The Evacuation Order for residents on Oral Zumwalt Way and throughout the Upper Trails End Road area has been lifted. Residents can now return to their homes. These roads and other roads in the area are only open to residents and firefighters.</strong></em></p><p style="margin-left:9.0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:14:46 +0000 Edward O'Brien 8369 at http://mtpr.org Upper Miller Creek fire update http://mtpr.org/post/upper-miller-creek-fire-update <p>New information from the DNRC (11:27):</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 05:32:04 +0000 Edward O'Brien 8335 at http://mtpr.org Grass fire prompts evacuation order east of Lolo, east of Bitterroot River http://mtpr.org/post/grass-fire-prompts-evacuation-order-east-lolo-east-bitterroot-river <p>An evacuation has been ordered for residents living on Oral</p><p> Zumwalt Way, southeast of Miller Creek Road, east of Lolo and east of the Bitterroot River. The fire is approximately 50 acres and being pushed by gusty winds. Firefighting resources are arriving on the scene and beginning to suppress the fire. Nonresidents are asked to not use Upper or Lower Miller Creek Roads at this time so fire equipment can get in and residents on Oral Zumwalt Way can safely leave. More information will be out as soon as it is available...</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 05:04:19 +0000 Edward O'Brien 8334 at http://mtpr.org Grass fire prompts evacuation order east of Lolo, east of Bitterroot River Evacuees share stories – and lessons – from the Lolo Creek fire http://mtpr.org/post/evacuees-share-stories-and-lessons-lolo-creek-fire <p>Five homes have been lost in the Lolo Creek Complex fire but hundreds more were saved when firefighters managed to stop the fire's progress along Highway 12 and eastward toward Sleeman Gulch.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:20:38 +0000 Sally Mauk 7421 at http://mtpr.org Evacuees share stories – and lessons – from the Lolo Creek fire From 9/11 to Lolo: NYC firefighter proud of his service http://mtpr.org/post/911-lolo-nyc-firefighter-proud-his-service <p>Firefighters from around the country are helping fight the Lolo Creek Complex fire west of Lolo, and some, like New York City assistant fire chief Ron Spadafora are there to learn more about how fires are fought in the West. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:27:10 +0000 Sally Mauk 7358 at http://mtpr.org From 9/11 to Lolo: NYC firefighter proud of his service BPA powerline a concern near Lolo Creek fire http://mtpr.org/post/bpa-powerline-concern-near-lolo-creek-fire <p>Firefighters on the ground and from the air continue to wage what they're calling "a slugfest" on the north edge of the Lolo Creek Complex fire.</p><p></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:12:01 +0000 Sally Mauk 7322 at http://mtpr.org BPA powerline a concern near Lolo Creek fire Evacuation order lifted and Highway 12 reopened http://mtpr.org/post/evacuation-order-lifted-and-highway-12-reopened <p>Highway 12 has been reopened to all traffic and the evacuation order for all residents along and off the highway has been lifted. Those residents however remain under an evacuation warning because of the nearby Lolo Creek Complex fire. There is a 45 mph speed limit from mile marker 20 to mile marker 32 on Highway 12 and motorists should be alert for fire traffic.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:29:47 +0000 Sally Mauk 7301 at http://mtpr.org If progress continues, evacuees of the Lolo fire might get to go home sometime this weekend http://mtpr.org/post/if-progress-continues-evacuees-lolo-fire-might-get-go-home-sometime-weekend <p>Lolo Creek Complex fire incident commander Greg Poncin says crews are making excellent progress and if that continues over the next 24 hours, Highway 12 may reopen and evacuees may be allowed to return home - but not before tomorrow at the earliest.</p><p>In an extensive interview this afternoon with News Director Sally Mauk, Poncin said up to a tenth of an inch of rain fell on parts of the fire early this morning, and crews have made great progress.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:09:25 +0000 Sally Mauk 7273 at http://mtpr.org If progress continues, evacuees of the Lolo fire might get to go home sometime this weekend