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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….

Stevensville moves forward with temporary FAS

By Michael Howell   According to Stevensville Mayor Jim Crews, the Town of Stevensville has gotten every permit required to construct a temporary boat launch on the Town’s River Park property north of the Stevensville bridge.   “At this point we are just waiting to get together with the Flood Plain Administrator, FWP officials and…

Stevensville Helitack base buzzing

By Michael Howell The Stevensville Airport has been buzzing with activity since the fire season burst into full bloom this summer. A covey of helicopters, including at one time four Chinooks and a Black Hawk, have been using the airport as a base for attacking fires in both the Bitterroot, Sapphire and Swan mountain ranges….

The fire this time

By Michael Howell Smoke filled the Bitterroot valley last weekend, turning both the sun and moon into red orbs at certain times of the day and night. The smoke is coming from all over, including surrounding states and even Canada. According to the Forest Service’s inciweb internet site, on Monday there were nine active fires…

About the Lolo Peak fire

By Michael Howell According to LaWen Hollingsworth, Long Term Fire Analyst from the Missoula Fire Research Laboratory, the fire on Lolo Peak is burning from the top down and will pass through very different vegetation types as it moves down and across the steep slopes. It will move down slope through an over mature forest…