Lolo Peak fire's evacuation orders, warnings now include 1150 homes

A night view of the Lolo Peak fire

A night view of the Lolo Peak fire

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton said on Wednesday night that an evacuation warning is now in effect for the area west of Highway 93 from the north side of Tie Chute lane northwards into Missoula County.

The new evacuation order affects homes west of the U.S. Highway 93 corridor from milepost 78 to 82.

Deputy sheriffs are now letting people in the area know personally.

More evacuations have been ordered in the Lolo Peak Fire.

This includes all homes from the Sun Valley Road to just north of McClay Ranch Road west of Highway 93. Authorities say fire conditions present an immediate threat to people and homes in the area between Fort Fizzle to Balsam Root Road as well as for portions of Mormon Creek Road past and including Vann Drive.

The Red Cross is opening a shelter at the University Congregation Church at 405 University Avenue in Missoula. The warning means there is a probability of the need to evacuate.

Evacuees must check in at the trailer located at the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 12. All evacuees are welcome and there is no cost to stay in the shelter.

The Red Cross shelter at the Florence Carlton Community Church is now closed, and a new Red Cross shelter is open in Missoula.

The 400 homes that received mandatory evacuation notices around 10 p.m. Wednesday were in addition to 160 that were evacuated over the weekend, according to the Thursday morning update from the Lolo National Forest.

For animal sheltering call Animal Control at 406-541-7387. This does NOT include Sleeman Creek Road.

There is a community information at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Florence Baptist Church, 5561 Old U.S. Highway 93 Fire officials will provide a briefing about evacuations, weather, fire behavior and operations of the Lolo Peak Fire.

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