Poncin fire update
3:09 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

If progress continues, evacuees of the Lolo fire might get to go home sometime this weekend

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.

Fire incident commander Greg Poncin
Credit Sally Mauk

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.

"And with any luck, we're going to be able to get that [northeastern] fire edge controlled within the next 24 hours," said Poncin. " And at that point, we're going to be working with the Montana Department of Transportation, and the Missoula County sheriff's office. and the highway patrol to determine theĀ  best time to open [highway 12] back up. We're trying to get homeowners back in as quickly as we can."

You can hear the full interview tonight at 5:30 during Montana Evening Edition.