LOLO PASS - The Granite Pass Complex consists of four wildfires burning in the vicinity of Lolo Pass on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in Idaho and the Lolo National Forest in Montana. According to the latest update Wednesday morning from the Type 3 Incident Management Team, the combined acreage of the four fires is now estimated at 2,108 acres with 0% containment.
Overnight fire growth on the Complex was minimal. Fire behavior is expected to be relatively quiet Wednesday although crews can expect to see spotting and crowning. Showers and thunderstorms are expected today with wind gusts between 10-25 mph after noon.
Planned actions are to utilize roads and natural features to confine all fires of the complex within one control line. Crews will continue to strengthen contingency lines on Granite road, Forest Road 595.
The Granite Pass Complex consists of four fires:
- BM Hill Fire: 1,754 acres. Will continue to move NE in Granite Creek.
- Shotgun Fire: 191 acres. Will continue to move N into Boulder Creek.
- Lolo Creek Fire: 156 acres. Expected to impact HWY 12 at any time.
- Boulder Creek Fire: 7 acres. Minimal amount of fire behavior.
For the safety of firefighters and the public a 45mph speed limit has been posted from Spring Gulch Rd to Lolo Pass due to heavy traffic from crews working in the area.
There will be a community meeting held on Friday, July 23, at 7:00 P.M. at the Lolo Elementary School. The meeting will also be available to view on the Granite Pass Complex Facebook page.
Due to the emerging Lolo Creek fire, Missoula County Sheriff's Office has issued an Evacuation WARNING from Lolo Pass to Lolo Hot Springs. Deputies will be notifying residents and visitors along Highway 12 of the Warning.