The West Garceau Fire has been burning in the Salish Mountains, near Garceau Gulch and Irvine Flats. The fire which began on Monday, 08/13/2012 is now approximately 9,863 acres. Crews and equipment, with critical support from air operations, attained full (100%) containment of the fire on 08/24/2012. Numerous local resources and crews will continue to mop up the fire perimeter and patrol for several days. Islands of unburned fuels and hotspots exist within the fire's perimeter and may continue to smoke and flare-up for several days or even weeks.
Rick Kusicko's Type 2 Incident Management Team returned management of the West Garceau Fire back to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes- Division of Fire, Sunday, 08/26/2012, at 06:00 a.m.
|Date of Origin||Monday August 13th, 2012 approx. 05:48 PM|
|Location||15 miles west of Polson, MT|
|Incident Commander||Rick Kusicko|
The West Garceau fire is currently burning in grass fuel types, as well as forest land with grass understory.
Active creeping and smoldering; isolated tree torching within the fire's interior.
Good progress was made on all divisions. In particular, most divisions are now fully engaged in mop up.
Friday, crews will continue working further in from the fire's perimeter as they mop up hot spots.
Demobilization of significant numbers of resources will tentatively begin on Friday and Saturday.
|Wind Conditions||24 mph SW|