Posted: Aug 16, 2012 6:47 PM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 10:05 PM
POLSON - Crews from all over the country have arrived in Polson to help contain the nearly 9,000-acre West Garceau fire, as the Polson Fairgrounds turns into a campground for firefighters.
Jennifer Costich, a fire information officer, said more than 120 firefighters are working to create a perimeter on the West Garceau fire. She's optimistic they can contain the fire even more after rain on Tuesday, despite the recent temperature rises.
"Hopefully, the winds are going to be calmer than they were, so even though we're having these warmer temperatures again, they're hoping ... they can really make some good headway on containment."
Helping in that cause are firefighters from all over the country, including one team from the state of New York and another from Connecticut.
"I think so far we haven't had any critical resources that we've been told no on," she said. "So it might take a while to get the rest of the crews here and the equipment here, but they are starting to trickle in."
Costich says while some buildings are listed as being a concern, they don't have any evacuation notices at this time.
"We have six structures listed as threatened, but that's usually a 24 to a 48 hour type of threatened status, based on wind conditions that might occur on the fire," she said.
Officials don't plan any evacuations right now, she said.