Little change seen at Reynolds Lake fire

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jul 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-22 21:36:55-04

DARBY – The Reynolds Lake Fire burning southwest of Darby again showed little growth on Saturday.

The lightning-sparked blaze remains at 1,068 acres with fire managers reporting that crews are making good progress constructing hand line around the fire.

Additionally, helicopters are still assisting with bucket work to help control fire spread and limit growth.

There are nine crews (including six Hotshot crews), six engines and three helicopters assigned to battle the fire with air tankers available as needed.

Forest Road #044 to the Reynolds Lake Trailhead is currently closed to the public because of the Reynolds Lake Fire. 

The blaze is 15% contained and 230 people are assigned to fight the fire.

A Type 1 K-MAX helicopter returns to the #ReynoldsLakeFire helibase briefly to refuel before returning to put out more hot spots and spot fires. Video courtesy of the Bitterroot National Forest.