LOLO PASS - On Sunday, July 25 at approximately 7:30pm, the Missoula County Dispatch was notified of a local firefighter who was late for their check-in on the Granite Pass Complex near the Montana/Idaho border.
The Incident Management Team made multiple attempts to reach the individual and began to search by ground and air that were unsuccessful. At the time, the last known location of the firefighter was in the vicinity of the White Mountain Lookout (Trail #318) and Pilot Knob (Trail #316), southwest of Missoula.
Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Missoula County Search and Rescue were dispatched to the last known location. A Mutual Aid Request immediately went out to Two Bear Air by Missoula County Search and Rescue and Sheriff’s Office staff. Airspace was cleared with the Incident Management Team and Two Bear Air began assisting Missoula County Search and Rescue ground resources.
The search efforts were supported by Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement personnel with both the Lolo National Forest and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.
After searching, the individual was found, uninjured and safe. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all those who assisted and to the dedicated Search and Rescue Volunteers.