Aug 15, 2012 1:03 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

West Garceau Fire grows to 4,000 acres

POLSON- Fire officials say the West Garceau Fire has blown up to 4,000 acres after gusty winds pushed the blaze early Wednesday morning.

There were some initial reports the blaze had grown to 15,000 acres overnight, but fire officials say they are now flying a reconnaissance mission to get a more fire number.

Fire crews say they managed to save some threatened structures in the area, and no injuries have been reported.

Officials have set up a fire camp at the fairgrounds in Polson as they bring in more resources to battle the blaze that broke out near Hot Springs on Monday evening. Some rain that has fallen in the area has helped to slightly slow the blaze.

The fire grew quickly to 2,000 acres on Tuesday and forced the evacuation of two to three homes in the area, but fire officials tell us that all of the evacuees have now been allowed to return home.

We have a reporter at the fire camp and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

- information from Dax VanFossen

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