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Updated  8:00 p.m.:  

Lolo Peak Fire  -  From the Missoula County Sheriff's office: Effective at 9 p.m. on 8/21/17. Residents on Balsam Root, Folsom and Highland roads have been downgraded to Evacuation Warning status. Residents north of W. Carlton Creek road and east of county maintained rd sign (church polygon on fire operations map) have also been downgraded to Evacuation Warning status. This means these affected residents can return to their homes, but should be ready for a short notice evacuation. No pass is required. See a map of the Lolo Peak Fire evacuation areas here.

This morning's air quality update from Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield:

"Good morning. Depending on where you are, you either woke up to nice air or chewable air. 

Forecasters are predicting a couple more relatively calm days on the Lolo Peak Fire southwest of Missoula. This after firefighters and communities from Lolo south to Florence faced their most severe test when the fire grew explosively Friday night, eating up 9,000 acres in a single day.

We’ll have more on what firefighters are expecting in a moment, but for now, let’s go back to Friday night when MTPR’s Beau Baker was reporting from the junction of Highways 12 and 93.

Here's Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield's latest report for Sunday morning, August 20th:

"Good morning, The air quality in Missoula was good this morning, but only for a few hundred feet.

Fire crews are expecting a calmer day on the Lolo Peak Fire today. Mike Cole, a fire information officer with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team gave us this update about 9:00 am Sunday.  

"Saturday was a very good day and today we expect another one," Cole says.

About noon Saturday, a firefighter was hit by a rock and took a fall near the ski area at McClain Creek. 

As the Lolo Peak Fire made its major run along Highway 12 Friday night, somebody decided to launch a drone to capture some dramatic video or pictures. This irresponsible behavior forced fire managers to shut down critical air operations over the fire area.

Starting 10 a.m. on Monday, 8/21/17, the following changes to evacuation areas in Missoula County will be in effect: 

Fire Information Officer Bill Queen says the Lolo Peak Fire only jumped the primary containment line in one place last night, in the Maple Creek drainage. But he says no additional homes or structures were lost last night. The fire grew by about 9,000 acres last night, and it's total size is now 27,906 acres. 

We will update this post with additional information as it becomes available. 

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 18, 2017

Aug 21, 2017

As of 6:40 p.m. there is a new evacuation order along the north side of Highway 12, west of Stella Blue Dr., including all of Sleeman Creek Rd. The order does not include Stella Blue Dr.