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Fire Crews Adhere to Weather Warnings in Lolo

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LOLO CREEK -

Officials said the north side of the Lolo Creek Complex fire is still active, and while today's rain showers provided some relief, wind gusts from thunderstorms could cause spot fires.

More than 900 people are battling the 11,000-acre fire that's now 60% contained.

On Wednesday, two hot shot crews worked to connect the remaining 300 feet of fire line together.

Incident meteorologists, or "I-METS," said one of the ten standard firefighter orders is to base all of their actions on the weather forecast.

Patrick Gilchrist, Lolo Incident Meteorologist said, "When those thunderstorms come in, they can provide very gusty winds and provide abrupt change in fire spread and behavior, and that's again where the IMMET comes in and is so crucial that we can provide updates so they can get off the lines and get away from when the fire is going to take off and make a run."

Evacuation orders for all residents were lifted last night, but national forest campgrounds between Lolo pass and the town of Lolo remain closed.

Meteorologists said they expect a return to hot and dry weather this weekend.

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