It all started at approximately 2:30pm on July 15th, 2017 south of Lolo, Montana as lightning induced wildfire. 3 months later, the Forest Service issued their last update on this summer monster.

The last update was short and sweet on October 14th, 2017:

2017-10-14 FINAL Post Lolo Peak Fire

Incident: Lolo Peak Fire Wildfire

This is the last update for the Lolo Peak Fire unless significant fire activity occurs. Repair work continues as weather permits. Post-fire recovery work will continue. Some closures remain in place – please contact the Missoula Ranger District for current information on the status of those closures.

Minimal (smoldering) fire behavior limited to deep duff, 1000 hour fuels and stump holes. Fine fuels may become available to fire today or later in the week.

Our sincere apologies go out to those who lost their property and livelihoods in the Montana wildfires this summer.

This particular fire burned 54,000 acres.

We also cannot express properly our appreciation to the professionals and volunteers alike who battled these blazes. Your dedication will not be forgotten. Thank you.

This is a several-day time lapse of the Lolo Peak fire this summer: