No Relief for Firefighters -More Hot Montana Weather
Wind hit the Lolo Peak Fire Thursday July 27 and started three spot fires to the east, over the Bitterroot Divide, near Duffy Lake. Accordng to the Incident Command update, crews were working on those small fires Friday. The Lolo Peak Fire has burned over 2,904 acres in the northeast corner of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Evacuations remain in place at the Sunrise forest fire on the Lolo National Forest southwest of Superior. Evacuation notifications are spreading farther as the fire continues to burn and is now over 3,700 acres in size. The nearby Burdette Fire is 580 acres.
The 2,254 acre Whetstone fire and the 1,082 Meyers Fire 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg continue to be active in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. About 435 people are on those fires near Whetstone Lake. A large number of trails have been closed due to the forest fire.
On the Bitterroot National Forest, the Dominic Butte Fire east of Corvallis remains at 55 acres and 80 firefighters are at that blaze. Joe Butsick of the Bitterroot Forest reports Willow Creek Road, Willow Creek Trail, Gleason Lake Trail and Burnt Fork Lake are closed.
The Tin Cup Fire on the Darby/Sula Ranger District is still 5 acres at the head of the Tin Cup drainage.
On the West Fork Ranger District and in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the White Cap fire remains at 5 acres, but the Vance Mountain fire is 72 acres. Butsick reported that those fires are being monitored.
The National Weather Service forecast for most of Montana includes another week of above 90 degree highs.