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Lolo Peak fire grows to nearly 1,100 acres burned

Posted July 25

— Gusty conditions made for difficult battles on the fires lines Monday evening.

It was another very active evening on the very visible Lolo Peak Fire, which went from 750 acres to nearly 1,100 acres burned.

The fire sent a large column of smoke across the Missoula and Northern Bitterroot valleys as it was driven once more by high winds and low humidity.

Firefighters said during a Monday public meeting that they're working to secure fire lines to protect the Highway 12 closest to the fire.

Crews will then move to the U.S. Highway 93 side of the blaze.

A line is being built from the South Fork of Lolo Creek towards Elk Meadows.

The Type 1 Incident Management Team is also ordering up more heavy equipment.

There are over 200 personnel assigned to fight the Lolo Peak fire.

A community meeting will be held on Tuesday in the Stevensville High School multi-purpose room beginning at 7 p.m.


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