Grant Creek Wildfire Now Contained
8/05/14, 2:20 p.m.
Colorado Gulch Fire update: Fire officials with the Lolo National Forest say the Colorado Gulch fire, located just northwest of Missoula in the Grant Creek Valley, has been contained. The fire started at approximately 4 p.m. Monday and a combination of ground crews and water dropped from helicopters limited the fire to 2 1/2 acres. No structures have been damaged.
8/04/14, 7:04 p.m.
Colorado Gulch Fire update : Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig tells us it's now at 6 acres - downgraded from 10 - and the flames are moving away from homes. He says it's been a challenging fire, but helicopters and 2 SEATS are dropping lots of water. 2 homes still evacuated, but still standing.
8/04/14, 6:54 p.m.
Missoula's Colorado Gulch Fire mini-update: Msla County sheriff's deputies being released from scene. Colorado Gulch Rd still closed to all but residents. Operation is now being run by DNRC, USFS and Rural Fire. Sorry - no updated specifics to report since last hour.
8/04/14, 5:36 p.m.
Colorado Gulch Fire update: Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig says it's now at 10 acres and reached within a couple of hundred yards of two homes which have been evacuated. NO HOMES LOST. Hartwig says multiple agencies are dumping lots of water on the fire and there's reason for optimism.
8/04/14, 5:10 p.m.
There is a new fire in Missoula’s Grant Creek area. The Colorado Gulch Fire is burning in grass and scattered timber on private land. The fire is approximately five acres and growing. Crews and resources are en-route. Structures are potentially threatened.