Wild fires are continuing to burn across the state and as of now the Lolo wild fire is one of those that is still burning at full force.
The fire is now threatening over 1,200 homes in western Montana. Red flag warnings are in effect and over 100 members of the Montana Army and National Guard are now helping firefighters combat the blaze. It has now burned over 9,500 acres since Sunday and patrols are trying to prevent it from moving east toward the town of Lolo itself. Highway 12 from Lolo to the Idaho border is now closed.
According to fire information the number of total people assigned to the fire has nearly doubled, with most being added after the fire topped the nation's priority list earlier this week. Conditions are not expected to get any better as wind gusts up to fifty miles per hour are likely to head their way.
Crews in the south east portion of the state are combating the Rock Creek fire near Red Lodge at this time as well.
The now Type 2 fire has burned approximately 800 acres and is still zero percent contained.
The U.S. Forest Service is saying that although local resources continue to be important to the fire-fighting effort, they have been getting some assistance today from outside resources including the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew.
Events in the area are now being threatened as well. A public meeting was scheduled for this evening and a bike rally that was set to take place this weekend at the Carbon County Fairgrounds could be in danger.
Highway 2-12 still remains closed at this time. This now includes access to Yellow Stone Park. We will have more information to you as it develops.