Aug 6, 2012 11:06 AM by Breanna Roy - MTN News
FRENCHTOWN- Hotshot crews who have been mopping up the Butler Fire northwest of Frenchtown are about to pack up camp and head to bigger priority fires.
The blaze is now considered 75% and the fire information officer tells us they plan to turn management back over to the Ninemile Ranger District.
Fire managers say aerial support has been crucial in suppressing the fire, including a large KMAX Type I helicopter that was used to deliver about 5,000 gallons of water to a makeshift water container near the fireline that's holding sump crews constructed with logs and lined with plastic. It's providing a water source for the perimeter of the fire.
Two fire crews will stay on the Butler Fire for a couple more days to monitor the hot spots.