Lolo shops report decreased business following fire flare-up


MISSOULA, Mont. - Several Lolo shops reported to NBC Montana strong impacts to their businesses in the wake of Monday's Lolo Creek Fire Complex's flare-up. Carly Shafer, a general manager at the Lolo Super Stop, says evacuees crowded the shop's parking lot when flames began spreading and Highway 12 was shut down.

"Our regular customers couldn't get in and our delivery trucks couldn't get in," said Shafer. Shafer says business has picked up again though, as firefighters have been routinely stopping in, sometimes upwards of 20 at a time, to purchase supplies and food.

"Hopefully it'll get even busier," said Shafer.

Down the road, the owner of Flower Haus, a local flower shop, told NBC Montana that her business has dropped about 90 percent.

"It slowed way down. We're not doing as much delivering or walk-in traffic," said Julie Zimmerman.

Zimmerman says she would do deliveries in the smoke, but the orders simply aren't there. However, she's staying optimistic.

"I'm pretty confident that they will put it out, and there are some very good guys up there," said Zimmerman.