Posted: Aug 19, 2012 7:18 PM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News
Updated: Aug 20, 2012 10:51 AM
POLSON- Firefighters have been bracing themselves for what could be a shift in the weather, that could possibly stir up the already 9,000 acre West Garceau fire.
The blaze is 30% contained with crews making good progress on most of the fire's perimeter. Crews spent part of the weekend dropping retardant on the north section, where fire threatened to spread in open grassy areas.
But Saturday, crews focused on the southern edge which is threatening a 100 acre bowl. There are 252 personnel on the fire along with multiple aircraft fighting the blaze.
Recent light winds have allowed for good headway, but fire officials remain concerned the fire could still spread.
"By all means we haven't got it totally controlled. It still wants to go. All it would take is a wind event with another low pressure system approaching and we're expecting low pressure tomorrow so we're really working hard to make sure that we have it well within the lines controlled,' fire official Randy McKenzie said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.