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More evacuations ordered near Lolo Peak Fire 

Lolo Peak Fire Wednesday evening- USFS photo (FLORENCE)- The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office orders new evacuations near Florence, after the Lolo Peak Fire flares up again in windy weather. 

The new orders impact residents west of Florence Carlton Loop south to One Horse Creek Road and west of Highway 93 from One Horse to Sweeney Creek Loop. The orders came Wednesday evening as 40 mile per hour gusts raked across the southeast corner of the fire above Florence, creating what the sheriff's office called "dangerous fire behavior." 

Previous evacuations remained in place. 

More gusty winds are possible through this afternoon.


Historic cabin lost in Reynolds Creek Fire

NPS archive photo (ST. MARY)- A historic guard cabin that was used for early rangers on the east side of Glacier National Park has been destroyed in the massive Reynolds Creek Fire. 

The Baring Creek Cabin, also known as the Sun Camp Fireguard Cabin, was destroyed when the fire came roaring down the Reynolds Creek Valley Tuesday. 

Glacier National Park managers made the announcement this evening, saying it's only structure that's been burned in the blaze, which has now covered approximately 4,000-acres. 

The guard station was built in 1935 by a local contractor as part of a compound of buildings used by rangers in Glacier's early days. 


Fire crews across the region brace for red flag fire conditions

NWS graphic(MISSOULA)- A combination of extremely dry conditions, low humdity and high winds in the forecast have firefighters across the region bracing for extreme fire conditions through this evening. 

An approaching front moving over the Northern Rockies is expected to bring a definite turn to fall weather conditions, with temperatures Monday and Tuesday as much as 20-to-25 degrees colder than Saturday's highs. That will eventually squelch much of the fire activity.

But before then, the front could generate winds gusting 25-miles per hour per more across many of the active fire areas in the state. 

Red flag warnings have been issued for the Bitterroot, Upper Clark Fork Valley, the Rocky Mountain Front and most areas east of the Divide through 9 p.m. this evening. National Weather Service forecasters are also warning there's a chance of thunderstorms that could spark new fires because of the dry timber and brush. 

In addition to the fire danger, the incoming system is expected to create dangerous winds in the higher elevations of Glacier National Park and downslope along the Rocky Mountain Front. Winds could gust 40-to-60 miles per hour over Logan Pass.


Burnout successful on West Riverside Fire

(BONNER)- Fire managers say a “burnout” to remove potential fuel that could allow the West Riverside fire to burn back into the community is a success and will help build a safety zone between homes and the burning mountainside.

The fire, which is being called a case of “arson” by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department, started Monday evening above the West Riverside neighborhood and has burned over 2,100 acres.

The most recent efforts were to complete the burnout to get rid of brush and other debris that might allow the fire to spread back into the adjacent neighborhoods. Mop-up of that burnout area will be continuing today.

Fire crews are also starting some mop-up work along the west side of the fire from the bottom of the valley up the slopes towards Woody Mountain. Fire line has been completed along the west side of the blaze, which is now 25% contained.

Much of the heavy work continues down a ridgeline from the top of Woody Mountain towards Johnson Creek. Crews have been able to fully line a 200-acre spot fire that had threatened to expand the fire into new areas. And plans are being made for additional burnouts with more water drops from helicopters along the southern flank of the fire towards Bonner.