Lolo Creek Complex fire http://mtpr.org en News staff looks back on a busy year http://mtpr.org/post/news-staff-looks-back-busy-year <p>2013 began with a new governor and a new legislature - and wound down with a government shutdown. In-between there were headline-grabbing trials and home-destroying fires.</p><p>The MTPR news staff - Sally Mauk, Edward O'Brien, Dan Boyce and Katrin Frye - covered the issues and breaking news. In this feature, they take a look back at a year of drama and heartache, and political surprises.</p><p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:22:44 +0000 Sally Mauk 13079 at http://mtpr.org News staff looks back on a busy year 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 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 More images of the Lolo Creek fire's destruction - and the hardworking firefighters http://mtpr.org/post/more-images-lolo-creek-fires-destruction-and-hardworking-firefighters <p>Cooler temperatures and some rain showers (!)&nbsp; are helping firefighters corral the Lolo Creek Complex fire, which was 30 percent contained as of this morning. Over 650 firefighters from around the country are now working the fire that has destroyed five homes, displaced hundreds of residents, and closed Highway 12 from Lolo to Graves Creek. Here are some of the images of the fire's destruction, and the firefighters working hard to keep it from doing more.....</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:30:02 +0000 Sally Mauk 7253 at http://mtpr.org More images of the Lolo Creek fire's destruction - and the hardworking firefighters The people in charge of the Lolo Creek fire http://mtpr.org/post/people-charge-lolo-creek-fire-0 <p>The Type One Incident Command team now in charge of the Lolo Creek Complex fire are the best in the business - assigned to only the top priority fires in the country. Yesterday they briefed Governor Steve Bullock and Senator Jon Tester on their plan of attack, which includes contingency plans for burnouts if the fire continues its push toward homes in Sleeman Gulch and the town of Lolo. They're hoping the weather - and heavy retardant drops on the eastern flank of the fire - will make those burnouts unnecessary.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:27:46 +0000 Sally Mauk 7189 at http://mtpr.org The people in charge of the Lolo Creek fire Another challenging day on the Lolo Creek Complex fire http://mtpr.org/post/another-challenging-day-lolo-creek-complex-fire <p>The Lolo Creek Complex fire took another explosive run Tuesday evening, growing to 8000 acres and within two and a half miles of Sleeman Creek. Dozens of residents remain evacuated, and a Type One Incident Command team took over management of the fire today. Greg Poncin is the team's leader. He says the forecast of more hot, dry temperatures and afternoon winds makes the next two to three days a critical period and "a hard-fought battle" ahead for firefighters. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:50:21 +0000 Sally Mauk 7138 at http://mtpr.org Another challenging day on the Lolo Creek Complex fire