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Lolo Peak Fire message from Sheriff

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton has sent out the following message.   The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank all Florence citizens for their patience in this long evacuation period. We are assessing the evacuation status daily, and will let citizens home as soon as it is safe.   With the projected weather event…

Lolo Peak Fire lines hold, more wind coming

By Michael Howell After moving slowly down and across the mountain for days, the Lolo Peak Fire got a big boost from some strong winds last Wednesday and suddenly went on a run that scorched across 9,000 acres in a 24-hour period on Thursday and Friday. According to Fire Information Officer Mike Cole, he and…

Stevensville temporary boat launch now open

By Michael Howell   After getting Town Council approval and obtaining all the necessary permits, Mayor Jim Crews had a temporary access road and boat launch site installed at River Park in short order last week. The fence on the north side of the parking lot was opened up to allow vehicle traffic and the…

Stevensville to keep police force

By Michael Howell A motion at last week’s Stevensville Town Council meeting to direct the Mayor to seek information regarding contracting with the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement services for the town was soundly defeated on a 4 to 0 vote.   Most of the people filling the room were there concerning…

Bass Creek Recreation Area, campgrounds closed

The Stevensville Ranger District has closed the Bass Creek Recreation Area for the protection and safety of the public due to the nearby Lolo Peak fire.  The recreation area is located on the west side of the Valley four miles south of Florence. The low elevation and easily accessible area is very popular with horseback…

Montana National Guard activates soldiers for Lolo Peak Fire

  On Friday, 155 soldiers of Bravo Company, 1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion and the 631st Chemical Company, were activated to support the Lolo Peak Fire.   The soldiers are scheduled to arrive at the fire on Saturday, and will staff 35 security checkpoints around the fire area to free law enforcement personnel for other duties….

Evacuation areas expand on Lolo Peak Fire near Florence

Mandatory evacuation has been extended to now include the area west of Florence Carlton Loop from Tie Chute Lane south to Holloway Lane. No one will be allowed into the evacuation area today. Resident permissions will be evaluated as fire operations continue through the weekend. Ravalli County Evacuation Zones are as follows: Evacuation orders remain…

Hwy 12 evacuations in effect on Lolo Peak Fire

By Michael Howell   The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order on Sunday, August 13, for the Hwy 12 corridor from mile marker 20 at Bear Creek to Fort Fizzle, on both the north and south sides of Hwy 12.   One hundred and sixty homeowners were contacted and told to evacuate….