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Lightning Near Lolo fire September 2013
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Miller Creek Fire Likely to be Fully Contained by Tuesday Night

Update 1 p.m. 9/17- Though the Miller Creek fire is still burning, wet weather and cold temperatures today have helped firefighters make quick work of the blaze.

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Lolo Accident
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Monday Afternoon Pickup Truck Rollover Near Lolo Sends Driver and Passenger to the Hospital

At approximately 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Sept. 9, a turquoise colored 4x4 Chevrolet truck was northbound on Highway 93, approximately three miles south of Lolo near Trader Brothers, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled multiple times before coming to a stop in the barrow pit - the pit area between the highway and the railroad tracks.

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Lolo School Firefighter Meet Up
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Lolo School Students Don Green in Support of Lolo Creek Complex Firefighters

The basketball court and baseball fields at the Lolo schools were filled with firefighters and firefighting tools , August 29. Lolo Middle School Principal Shawna Kientz said it was meaningful to see the children visiting with the firefighters that had helped save their school from the Lolo Creek Complex.

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More Than 1,200 Homes Threatend by Lolo Creek Complex Fires, Warning Signs for Evacuation

Currently, there are more than 1,200 homes being threatened by the Lolo Creek Complex fires. All day today, Wednesday, August 21, sheriff’s deputies were handing out protection warning notices to those living north of Highway 12 and west of Highway 93.

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Homes Burn, Hundreds Evacuated as Lolo Complex Fire Destroys 5,000 Acres

The Lolo Complex Fire was originally two low-priority fires that did not threaten structures. However, in the past 40 hours, hot weather and winds have fanned the fires into an official state of emergency. Now, the West Fork II fire and the original School House Fire are considered one giant threat as they burn on both sides of Highway 12.

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Highway 12 Closed – Homes Evacuated Due to Rapid Growth of Schoolhouse and West Fork 2 Fires [AUDIO]

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Monday, August 19

Mandatory evacuations are in effect in the Bear Creek area as two fires, the School House and the West Fork 2, are combining to burn hundreds of acres and send smoke billowing up over Blue Mountain raining ash on homes in Lolo and into Missoula.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer paige Pavalone said at about 4 p.m. Monday, that deputies were contacting residents in the path of the fires to leave their homes immediately.

"We're asking people if they're asked by a deputy to evacuate, to leave their homes right away, recover their animals and leave as quickly as possible," Pavalone said.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office Facebook page has a minute-by-minute update of areas that are under evacuation. Just moments ago, the notice was posted that Bear Creek, Elk Meadows, Lolo Creek Campground, Sleeman Creek and Thayer Road have been advised to evacuate, and that the Lolo Elementary School has been opened as a place for evacuees to gather.

There will be a special meeting for residents in the area at the Travelers' Rest State Park at 6 p.m. Monday.
Paige Pavalone

The smoke billowing above Missoula on Monday, August 19 comes mostly from the Schoolhouse Fire, currently burning about nine miles west of Lolo.

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Loaded Handgun – Fishing Gear Stolen From Lolo Residence [AUDIO]

Missoula County sheriff's officials are looking for information about a robbery that occurred in Lolo at about midnight on Tuesday, August 6.

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Lolo Residents Victims of Multiple Car Break-Ins [AUDIO]

Several vehicles were broken into this week in Lolo, most of which were unlocked at the time.

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Chainsaw Stolen From Lolo Home, Authorities on the Lookout

Missoula County authorities are on the lookout for a stolen Stihl chainsaw.

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Men at work (Photo courtesy WSDOT/Flickr)
Men at work (Photo courtesy WSDOT/Flickr)
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It’s Montana Road Construction Season

Traffic is moving slow on Hwy 12 west of Lolo. Crews are paving 10 miles of the road from Lolo west. The speed limit is 35, there’s’ single lane traffic and delays are about 10-15 minutes. They should be done by the 18th of this month

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How Well Do You Know the Bitterroot? Round 3

The Bitterroot is a wild and wonderful place. It is home to mountains, streams, meadows, and wildlife. Do you call this place your home? How well do you know the Bitterroot?  Take our quiz to find out

Lolo Shop
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Man May Have Used Javelin to Rob Lolo Coffee Shop, Missoula and Ravalli Sheriff’s Departments Investigating

The Missoula County Sheriff's Department is looking for anyone who might know about a burglary that occurred on May 1, in Lolo.

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