Show/Hide

With an active wildfire season upon us, you can protect your family by signing up to receive Smart911 Emergency Alerts and create your family’s Safety Profile.

---NEW EVACUATION ORDER--- for the Lolo Peak Fire: as of 8:00 PM on Friday, 8/18/17 ---The remaining residences north of Hwy 12 from Elk Meadows Road to Stella Blue road, including all of Sleeman Gulch, but not including Stella Blue have been ordered to evacuate immediately.

---For safety reasons permitted reentry to homes has been indefinitely postponed. If, and when, conditions allow safe access this will be communicated through this webpage, Inciweb, the Missoula County fire information line (258-4636), social media, regular media and all other channels of communication.---

New for the Lolo Peak Fire: As of 11:15 AM on Thursday 8/17: all homes West of Highway 93 and South of West Carlton Creek Road to County Line Road are now under an EVACUATION ORDER.

Evacuees must check in at the trailer located at the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 12 at the weigh station south of Town Pump. The Red Cross will open a shelter at the University Congregation Church located at 405 University Avenue in Missoula For animal sheltering call Animal Control at 541-7387 and leave a message. For more information call the Fire Information Line at 258-4636.

EVACUATION ORDER for the Lolo Peak Fire as of 10 PM on Wednesday 8/16: people and homes west of the Hwy 93 Corridor from mile post 78 to 82 are under an EVACUATION ORDER. This includes all homes from SUN VALLEY RD to just north of MACLAY RANCH ROAD west of Hwy 93.

EVACUATION ORDER for the Lolo Peak Fire as of 10 PM on Wednesday 8/16: people and homes from mile post 31.5 to 29.5 on both sides of Highway 12 are under an EVACUATION ORDER . This includes FORT FIZZLE to BALSAM ROOT ROAD on both sides of Highway 12. Portions of MORMAN CREEK ROAD past, and including, VANN DRIVE are included in this order.

The EVACUATION ORDER remains in place between Fort Fizzle and mile post 21.7, for both north and south sides of Highway 12. This EVACUATION ORDER includes Mill Creek Road and Elk Meadows Road areas.

The EVACUATION ORDER between mile post 20 and mile post 21.7 for both the NORTH and SOUTH sides of Highway 12 has been downgraded to an EVACUATION WARNING. Residents may return to their homes. Residents should remain vigilant and ready to immediately evacuate should the need arise.

As of 10:00 PM on Wednesday, August 16th the following areas are under EVACUATION WARNINGS:

  • all areas west of Hwy 93 from Sun Valley Road at Mile Post 78 to County Line Rd.
  • homes along Hwy 12 on the southside of the highway from mile post 31.5 to the Hwy 93 intersection and south to Mile Post 82.
  • on Highway 12 between Mile Post 21.7 and Mile Post 20.

 

Current Evacuation Map as of 3:45 PM, Thursday August 17, 2017 Lolo Peak Evacuation Map Updated 170817 1545

###

 

Active Fires impacting Missoula County

Missoula County is currently being affected by three major fires; Rice Ridge, Lolo Peak; and Liberty. Adjacent fires, Sunrise and the Sapphire Complex, continue in the adjacent area. For the most up-to-date information regarding each of these fires, please visit their respective websites by clicking on the name of the fire above or using the links to the right. Missoula County is maintaining an information line. Please call (406) 258-INFO for fire and evacuation information.

Evacuations

See top of page for current evacuation information.

Portions of Morman Creek Road past and including Vann Drive are also under an evacuation WARNING at this time. Residents in this area MAY be required to immediately evacuate in the future.

  • Evacuation warnings are currently in place for the Lolo Peak Fire and the Rice Ridge Fire
  • This is the time for final preparation, precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, and perhaps pets and livestock.
  • You do not have to wait for authorities to give an evacuation order for your area.  Early self-evacuation ensures the safety of you and your family. If you choose to pre-evacuate and need sheltering, please call the American Red Cross Duty Officer at1-800-272-6668 (ARC-MONT).
  • Review this evacuation readiness web page to learn more about what to do before and during an evacuation.

Shelters

The Red Cross is OPENING a shelter tonight at the University Congregational Church at 405 University Avenue in Missoula. All evacuees are welcome and there is no cost to stay in the shelter. Service dogs only.

Due to proximity to the Lolo Peak Fire, the Red Cross is CLOSING the shelter at the Florence/Carlton Community Church. 

  • Anyone seeking to pre-evacuate that requires assistance or sheltering may call the Red Cross of Montana at (800) 272-6668 (ARC-MONT)
  • If do not know where the nearest shelter is, visit the Red Cross Find Open Shelters webpage or call the American Red Cross Duty Officer at 1-800-272-6668 (ARC-MONT).

Animal Shelters

  • Missoula Animal Control has identified locations to shelter pets or livestock. For information call their office at (406) 541-7387 and leave a message.
  • The Missoula County Fairgrounds is also taking animals in. To use this space, read the Fairgrounds Facilities information packet and complete the form on the last page.
  • Food donations may be made in-person at the Animal Control office, located at 6700 Butler Creek Road in Missoula.
  • If you are able to help house animals or livestock, please fill out this form.

Closures

Highway 12 is CLOSED at the junction of Highway 12 & Highway 93 due to smoke, effective immediately. The highway will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.

OLD Highway 93, west of Hwy 93, is closed to traffic.

Please view the interactive map on Montana Department of Transportation  website for current road closures of primary roads. Additional incident-specific road closure information can be found on the Inciweb websites on the right side of this page.

Due to fire and equipment traffic, be prepared to reduce speeds and use extra caution when driving in the vicinity of a wildfire.

RVs and Motor Homes

Several local campgrounds have offered to provide parking and camping for RVs and motor homes affected by area fires. Fees may apply and space is limited.

Preparedness

There is no better time to create a Family Plan. Preparing can improve outcomes and reduce stress. Things to consider before an emergency occurs:

  • Register for a free safety profile from Smart911. This will send you emergency alerts and warnings to fire activity in your area.
  • Identify where you will seek shelter should fire activity require you to evacuate your home.
  • Identify your evacuation route to understand how you will safely reach shelter.
  • Speak with your family to ensure you have a solid, agreed upon communication plan in case of emergency.

Prepare a Go Kit

  • Should you and/or your family need to quickly evacuate your home, prepare a Go Kit.
  • A Go Kit includes medications, clothes, and other needed items.
  • Missoula County's emergency preparedness webpage has additional information.
  • Be ready if an evacuation order is issued -this is the time to leave, not pack.

Fire Restrictions

Missoula County is currently under Stage II Fire Restrictions

Due to the EXTREME Fire Danger within Missoula County, the Missoula County Board of Commissioners signed an Emergency Proclamation imposing Stage II Fire Restrictions to be effective 12:00 A.M. on July 27, 2017. 

Air Quality

Local and regional air quality typically fluctuates between  Moderate and Hazardous with weather conditions and wildfire smoke output. Please adjust your outdoor activities to mitigate adverse health effects. Please visit the following websites for current air quality information: