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Granite Pass Complex fires have burned more than 1,500 acres

Granite Pass Complex
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Granite Pass Compl;ex fires map
Posted at 2:15 PM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 16:16:54-04

LOLO PASS — The Granite Pass Complex fires have burned 1,532 acres in the Lolo Pass area and remain 0% contained.

An additional wildfire - the Boulder Creek Fire - has been added to the complex which also consists of the Lolo Cree, BH Hill, and Shotguns fires that are burning in Montana and Idaho.

Firefighters have completed wrapping critical infrastructure and recreation sites/infrastructure and are continuing to work on structure protection and preparation work.

Granite Pass Complex fires map

The Lolo Pass Visitor Center remains closed as are several trails and roads in the area. Drivers are asked not to stop along Highway 12 in the area. A previously-issued evacuation warning remains in place for residents between the Idaho border and Lolo Hot Springs.

Information about the Granite Pass Complex fires can be obtained by calling 406-624-9176 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, or by visiting the Inciweb site.

BM HILL FIRE

  • Location: Ten miles north of Powell Junction, and is burning on both the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Lolo National Forests
  • Acres: Approximately 1,270
  • Discussion: The BM Hill Fire is now burning on the Missoula Ranger District/Lolo National Forest in Montana northwest of Highway 12. Fire behavior continues to be active with creeping, group torching and spotting. The fire is projected to spread to the north and east. It is expected to merge with Lolo Creek Fire in the coming days.

LOLO CREEK FIRE

  • Location: 1.5 miles northwest from the Lolo Pass Visitor Center and is burning on the Lolo National Forest.
  • Acres: 119
  • Discussion: The Lolo Creek Fire continues to burn actively and is expected to merge with the BM Hill Fire in the coming days. Crews set up hose and sprinklers to protect structures at Lolo Hot Springs.

SHOTGUN FIRE

  • Location: Seven miles north of Powell Junction on both the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
  • Acres: 140
  • Discussion: The Shotgun fire is burning in heavy dead and downed timber in steep terrain. Firefighters are assessing suppression options for this fire.

BOULDER CREEK FIRE

  • Location: Eight miles west of Lolo Pass Visitor Center and is burning on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.
  • Acres: 3
  • Discussion: Firefighters are assessing suppression options for this fire.