Crews continue to make progress fighting Garden Creek fire

Posted at 10:12 AM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 12:12:01-04

HOT SPRINGS – Firefighters are continuing to make good progress fighting the lightning-sparked Garden Creek fire burning near the town of Hot Springs.

Fire managers report that the blaze has held steady at a little over 2,000 acres burned with containment growing to 25%.

A total of 210 people assigned to fight the fire which broke out on July 29th as it burns in several small drainages on Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal land.

Firefighters once again took advantage of the cool evenings and more mop-up operations were completed on the west perimeter of the fire.

Fire managers reported Tuesday morning that there’s been a substantial decrease in fire activity over the last few days.

Personnel from the CSKT Division of Fire and a Type 3 Incident Management Team continue work on the fire burning near Coney Peak at elevations above 5,000 feet in steep and rocky terrain.

The following roads have been closed in the vicinity of the Garden Creek fire:

  • HS-4000 road
  • HS-5000 road
  • HS-1000 road at the HS-5030 junction to the north of the fire
  • HS-1000 road at the McGinnis road junction to the south of the fire.