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Lolo Creek Exceeds 10K Acres

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Some residents near the fires outside Lolo are moving back into their homes but officials said the Lolo Creek Complex will likely continue to burn until "season-ending" weather comes.

Fire officials said the blaze has surpassed 10,000 acres, but is now 47% contained.
 
Highway 12 opened back up on Saturday, but travelers are urged to keep their speed at 45 mph.

Residents along the highway are still under an evacuation notice, but they are now able to return to their homes.

Fire officials said they're working to protect a power line about one and a half miles from the fire, which supplies electricity for residents in the Seattle area, but not to local residents.

Dave Schmitt, Northern Rockies Incident Management, "The fire has been slowly moving that direction for the past few days, and we are taking action on the north part of the fire, trying to slow that or stop that movement. The worst case scenario the power line would be shut down and they'd have to divert power from other places to supply those folks with power."

Officials said two firefighters are recovering at fire camp, after one dislocated his elbow and the other had trouble breathing because of his asthma.

They said to date, helicopters and other aircraft have dropped almost 600-thousand gallons of water and 200-thousand gallons of fire retardant on the blaze.

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