Posted: Aug 15, 2012 3:57 PM by Melissa Rafferty - KPAX News
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 10:25 AM
POLSON - Fire officials say the West Garceau Fire, burning west of Polson, has blown up to 9,700 acres after gusty winds pushed the blaze early Wednesday morning. Some rain that has fallen in the area has helped to slightly slow the blaze.
Fire crews say they managed to save some threatened structures in the area and no injuries have been reported.
A Type II Incident Management Team from Idaho has taken over management of the fire.
Aerial crews say there are some hot spots burning within the fire.
The 15 people who were evacuated from their homes Tuesday night, got the ok to return home today.
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.
Fire officials suspect sparks from farm machinery started the fire.