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Demobilization in Progress at Lolo Creek Complex

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What was once the top priority wildfire in the nation is now scaling back resources. The Lolo Creek Complex is still about 11,000 acres and is 95 percent contained, but crews say incoming rain could bring flash flooding Tuesday.

Many of the crews left on the Lolo Creek Complex spent the day wrapping up hoses, taking down tents and packing up gear. On Monday the management transitioned from a type one incident management team to a type three.

"This is good news," said Megan Nemitz with the Lolo National Forest. "This means fire activity has diminished a lot and they don't expect anything in the next couple days."

Nemitz said while there were once more than 900 people on scene, they started the day Monday with just 463 and were expecting even fewer by the end of the day. It's called "demobilization." Some of the teams leaving are heading to other fires while others will go back home.

The Lolo Creek Complex once threatened 2,100 homes, but has not grown in size for several days and the fire lines surrounding the complex have held. The crews that are left on scene are largely mopping up.

"The whole fire is in patrol and mop up which is good. There's still a couple sections in Woodman Creek they're watching and that's what they're going to have their people on," Nemitz said.

While they're on track to call the fire 100 percent contained Tuesday, Nemitz said that doesn't mean the work is done.

"In this case they're mopping up 200 feet in and once they have that around the entire fire they can call it 100 percent contained," she said.

The resources that are being packed up will be sent back to the Northern Region Cash, or supply house, at the Missoula airport where they, like firefighters, could be sent to other fires or hang out till next season.

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