Fire crews in Mont., Idaho wait for season ender
Updated On: Aug 26 2013 10:27:37 AM MDT
Some residents near the fires outside Lolo are moving back into their homes but officials say the blazes are likely to keep burning until "season-ending" weather comes.
According to a fire official on the Lolo Creek Fire, two crew members were injured over the weekend. One crew member suffered a respiratory issue due to asthma; the other crew member suffered from a broken arm. The crew member with the broken arm is from the Panhandle Hot Shot Team in Idaho.
Both firefighters are back in fire camp. The crew member with asthma is back on the fire working light duty.
Fire information officers Tom Kempton and Dellora Gauger say moisture will make the difference in the Lolo Creek and Gold Pan complexes burning in Montana and Idaho.
Cooler weather is forecast for next weekend, but there is no guarantee that a big rain or cold weather is imminent.
Residents west of Lolo are moving back and checking damage to their properties. U.S. Highway 12 has reopened after being closed last week.
The Lolo complex was 47 percent contained Monday after burning more than 17 square miles.
In the Bitterroot National Forest, the Gold Pan Complex is zero percent contained.