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Fire in Idaho Leads to Closure of U.S. Highway 12 Over Lolo Pass

Starting at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning, August 22, the Ought-7 fire spread to 300 acres over fine fuels along U.S. Highway 12. 

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Gold Pan Fire Crosses Into Montana

The Gold Pan fire has grown to be one of the nation's largest fires and has recently spread across the state line from Idaho. Incident Management Team Spokeswoman Doloara Gogger said that the recent winds that spread the Lolo Creek Complex fire also hit the Gold Pan, but the impact was less severe

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Montana National Guard Deploys to Missoula, First Fire Related Deployment in 2013

About 110 Montana National Guard soldiers are being deployed to help firefighting efforts in western Montana. This is the first fire related deployment of 2013.

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Employee Dies After Missoula Auto Body Shop Explosion [AUDIO]

An employee of a Missoula auto body shop, who was injured in an explosion and fire when a spark ignited fumes from lacquer thinner, has died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was identified as Bruce Hall, 44.

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Homes Burn, Hundreds Evacuated as Lolo Complex Fire Destroys 5,000 Acres

The Lolo Complex Fire was originally two low-priority fires that did not threaten structures. However, in the past 40 hours, hot weather and winds have fanned the fires into an official state of emergency. Now, the West Fork II fire and the original School House Fire are considered one giant threat as they burn on both sides of Highway 12.

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Highway 12 Closed – Homes Evacuated Due to Rapid Growth of Schoolhouse and West Fork 2 Fires [AUDIO]

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Monday, August 19

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in the Bear Creek area as two fires, the School House and the West Fork 2, are combining to burn hundreds of acres and send smoke billowing up over Blue Mountain raining ash on homes in Lolo and into Missoula.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer paige Pavalone said at about 4 p.m. Monday, that deputies were contacting residents in the path of the fires to leave their homes immediately.

"We're asking people if they're asked by a deputy to evacuate, to leave their homes right away, recover their animals and leave as quickly as possible," Pavalone said.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office Facebook page has a minute-by-minute update of areas that are under evacuation. Just moments ago, the notice was posted that Bear Creek, Elk Meadows, Lolo Creek Campground, Sleeman Creek and Thayer Road have been advised to evacuate, and that the Lolo Elementary School has been opened as a place for evacuees to gather.

There will be a special meeting for residents in the area at the Travelers' Rest State Park at 6 p.m. Monday.
Paige Pavalone

The smoke billowing above Missoula on Monday, August 19 comes mostly from the Schoolhouse Fire, currently burning about nine miles west of Lolo.

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Gold Pan Fire Grows, Two New Fires Absorbed into the Complex

The Gold Pan Fire Complex near the Idaho-Montana border is getting more difficult to fight as two new fires were absorbed into the main blaze this week.

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Gold Pan Complex Expands, But Not Toward Montana

The Gold Pan Complex fire is still burning just about ten miles from the western Montana Border in Eastern Idaho.

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Red Flag Warning Issued for Western Montana, 40 M.P.H. Winds and Lightning Expected

Most of Western Montana will be under a red flag warning this afternoon, August 9.

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Butte Cabin Fire Near Missoula Cut Back to Just Eight Acres

A tanker flying back to Missoula spotted a new fire in the hills just southeast of town late Monday evening, but quick work by fire crews have limited the damage.

The Butte Cabin Fire is still burning about 25 miles south east of Missoula and so far the cause of the blaze is still undetermined

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