9,500 Acres Burned in Lolo Complex Fires - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

9,500 Acres Burned in Lolo Complex Fires

Posted: Updated:
LOLO CREEK -

Fire crews braced for a red flag warning of lightning and 50 mph winds, as they pushed back on the Lolo Creek Complex fire burning at more than 9,500 acres.

Firefighters are constructing new control lines on the fire's perimeter with the help of nine helicopters, 31 engines and 14 bulldozers. The control lines have helped firefighters reach 30% containment this evening.

More than 500 fire personnel are working to keep the fire west of Sleeman Gulch and north of Highway 12, away from the 1,200 homes in the area.

Crystal Beckman, of Montana DNRC said, "Evacuations are in place for Sleeman Creek and above or north of there, and yesterday certain residents on the west side of Highway 93 and north of Highway 12, they were given a warning and a notice just to be prepared."

Road crews in the Elk Meadows area continue to suppress the fire and hold lines from Wednesday's burnout operation.

Fire officials estimate the total cost to fight the Lolo Creek Complex at $850,000.

A public meeting will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. in the lower gym of Lolo School.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Pennsylvania state police defend fitness test

    Pennsylvania state police defend fitness test

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:16:56 GMT
    The federal government is suing Pennsylvania over physical fitness tests given to its applicant for state trooper positions. It says the tests discriminate against women and keeps them out of entry-level positions.
    The head of the Pennsylvania State Police urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to withdraw a new lawsuit that claims the agency's physical fitness standards for recruits discriminate against women.
  • Vacations, trips detailed at ex-governor's trial

    Vacations, trips detailed at ex-governor's trial

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:07:12 GMT
    The assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has testified about arranging trips for the former first family.
    The former first family of Virginia flew on a chief executive's private jet, vacationed at his lake house and received other perks, such as passes to a Ritz Carlton beach club, the businessman's assistant said...
  • 6 Philadelphia officers charged in corruption case

    6 Philadelphia officers charged in corruption case

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:07:11 GMT
    Six city narcotics officers used gangland tactics to shake down drug dealers, robbing them of large sums of cash and drugs for years, federal authorities charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday.
    Six Philadelphia police officers will be jailed until at least Monday amid charges they robbed drug dealers of large sums of money and drugs.
  • Most Popular

Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.