August 25, 2013 in City

Residents back, U.S. 12 reopens near Lolo fire

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U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., looks at the remains of a Lolo Creek home Wednesday.
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The Beaver Creek fire in central Idaho is 75 percent contained and evacuation notices in the Ketchum and Sun Valley areas were lifted. Fire managers said the 173-square- mile fire on Saturday had not grown.

LOLO, Mont. – Fire managers at the Lolo Creek Complex of fires near the town of Lolo have reopened U.S. Highway 12 and allowed residents to return to about 250 homes.

Officials ended the evacuation and opened the road at 6 a.m. Saturday, fire spokeswoman Dixie Dies said. But, she said, there’s still a lot of work to do because the fire is burning strong through timber on the north edge. Erratic winds are expected today, with gusts up to 40 mph.

About 650 personnel are assigned to the blaze and more are arriving, she said. Nine helicopters are also taking part.

The 17-square-mile complex of fires that started by lightning Aug. 18 is 40 percent contained. Five homes have been destroyed.

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