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Crews brace for winds at Lolo Peak fire

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Inaccessible terrain is hindering the fight against the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo) Inaccessible terrain is hindering the fight against the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo)
LOLO -

Fire managers at the 7,900 acre Lolo Peak fire are keeping an eye on Mother Nature with winds expected to kick up and test the firelines on Saturday.

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 2 p.m. Saturday until 9 p.m. on Sunday and the fire activity is expected to kick up once the winds blow in.

A pre-evacuation notice was expanded on Friday evening and now covers residences on both sides on Highway 12 between Fort Fizzle and Bear Creek. west of Lolo.

There wasn't much growth seen on Friday although fire managers say that there was some perimeter growth where the fire crossed to the west side of the South Fork of Lolo Creek.

Crews are monitoring the fire perimeter while maintaining pumps, hoses and sprinklers to ensure they will be ready to protect homes and reinforce the fire line, if needed.

Highway 12 remains open but motorists are asked not to stop along the road to view fire activity as it creates a traffic hazard. 

A FireWise trailer remains set up just south of the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 12 in Lolo. Fire information is also available at Lolo Harvest Foods and Florence Carlton School. A fire information line at (406) 273-5433 is being manned daily from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

There are 387 people assigned to fight the lightning sparked blaze that's burning 10 miles southwest of Lolo.

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