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Current EVACUATION ORDERS & WARNINGS for MISSOULA COUNTY only.

Lolo Peak Fire -Please view the interactive Public Information Map for detailed evacuation information. 

Evacuation ORDERS

All areas NORTH & SOUTH of Hwy 12, west of Lolo Creek Drive to Elk Meadows including the Mill Creek Road and Elk Meadows Road areas, remain under an Evacuation ORDER.

Balsam Root Road remains under an Evacuation ORDER.

Highland Drive and Folsom Road remains under an Evacuation ORDER.

Areas south of Sun Valley Road remain under an Evacuation ORDER.

Evacuation WARNINGS

Highway 12 corridor- From the intersection of US 12 W and US 93 S west to Lolo Creek Drive (approximately mile marker 27) NOT INCLUDING BALSAM ROOT ROAD will be reduced to a WARNING status. Balsam Root road will remain on an ORDER status due to fire activity and need for fire operations access.

Highway 93 South corridor- From the intersection of US 12 W and US 93 S south to Sun Valley Road (off of old Highway 93) will be reduced to a WARNING status EXCEPT for Highland Drive and Folsom Road. There is still ongoing fire operations on those two roads.

Residents with an Old Highway 93 address and residents with homes between Old Highway 93 and Highway 93 will be provided passes to get back into their homes. These passes can only be obtained at the roadblock at Hwy 93 and Rowan Rd.

As a reminder, a resident pass will still be required for the Old Highway 93 South corridor south of Sun Valley Road. Passes can be obtained by calling Captain Burt at 529-0430

Rice Ridge Fire, Seeley Lake area -Residents on the east side of Highway 83, south of Rice Ridge Road to, and including the Double Arrow subdivision are under and evacuation warning.

Liberty Fire, Placid Lake area –There are no evacuation orders or warnings at this time.


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.

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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 will reopen at 11 AM today, Sunday, August 20, with pilot cars. Until it is opened, East Bound Traffic is being diverted around the fire area to the north on the Grave Creek/petty Creek Road to I-90. West bound traffic is being turned around about three miles west of Lolo, MT.

Areas under and evacuation order will remain closed inaccessible to the public until it is safe to enter.

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.

Donations

Cash donations are the BEST and easiest way to help friends and neighbors who are impacted by the wildfires around Missoula.

When making a cash donation, it is very important to know that your donations are made to a trusted organization that is qualified to handle and disperse funds properly. For this reason Missoula County has designated United Way of Missoula County as the repository of funds to aid fire victims, with 100% of all donations going to that purpose. Go to http://www.missoulaunitedway.org/give, and click the Donate Now button.

United Way’s website is now being updated to include a 2017 Fire Fund option, but, meanwhile, all online donations made to United Way’s Community Impact Fund this weekend will go to fire victims. As in the past during similar disasters, United Way and 2-1-1 -- the Human Resource Council's helpline -- will administer the fund, carefully screening all requests so that funds go to those most in need.

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: