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The Strawberry Creek Fire has reached the area around the Swift Dam, causing mandatory evacuations for ranchers and families in the area. Wind conditions are actually in favor of the firefighters battling this blaze.  The thick smokey air smelled like pine needles and burning sap. 

Evacuations have been ordered for East Sinclair Creek.  Dispatchers at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department in Eureka say evacuations have been issued for five roads: Sherman Creek Road, Griffith Creek Road, Therriault Creek Road, Stevens Road and Grave Creek Road. The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center. 

The Lolo Peak Fire continues its movement into the Cedar Creek drainage to the north and east, producing single and group tree torching. On the west side of the South Fork Lolo Creek near the ridge line the fire is progressing slowly toward Dick Creek. 

Retardant will continue to be used to limit the fire’s spread west. Aerial ignition will be evaluated for use on both the east and west side of South Fork Lolo Creek to limit southern growth and keep the fire west of the Bitterroot divide.

Despite Monday having a red flag warning, the three fires burning near Rock Creek saw about the same amount of growth as previous days. Previously known as Goat Creek, Sliprock and Little Hogback, those three fires are now being referred to as the Sapphire Complex. Combined, the fires total 5,464 acres. Little Hogback grew over 2,700 acres. Goat Creek grew just over 500 more acres to around 2,300 acres and the smallest of the fires, Sliprock, saw little growth an...

Both the Burdette and Sunrise fires are now approximately 52 acres and producing visible smoke today as available fuels burn within the fire area. Actions today included gaining access to some areas near the fires so that heavy equipment and other resources can be staged for suppression efforts.