Posted: Aug 16, 2012 10:51 AM by Melissa Rafferty - KPAX News
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 12:44 PM
POLSON- The West Garceau Fire burning west of Polson is now 5% contained and has consumed about 8,800 acres.
Tuesday night's rain helped to keep the fire from spreading as quickly as it had earlier in the day, and that allowed fire managers to more successfully dump retardant along the fire perimeter.
More crews and equipment are arriving at the fire camp set up at the Polson Fairgrounds Thursday including a 20 person crew from Connecticut.
Fire managers hope to begin capitalizing on retardant lines and will begin to build direct fireline to reinforce the retardant drops.
However, the fire is expected to grow again as the fuels dry out and the temperature rises late Thursday.