The raging Lolo Peak fire slowed on Saturday, but still grew to nearly 32,000 acres burned.  On Saturday, officials lifted the mandatory evacuation order for residents of Sleeman Creek Road west of Lolo. reports that the area is now under an evacuation warning.

All homes west of Sleeman are still under an evacuation order for the time being.  Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton also announced that the area between Highway 93 and Old Highway 93 is now in the evacuation warning status.  Due to favorable weather conditions, limited short term access for residents in evacuated areas will be available by deputy escort only.

Citizens who need to briefly enter an evacuated area should check in at the National Guard roadblock near their home.  People should expect to wait at the roadblock as designated county deputies facilitate the escorts.

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