Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:28 AM by MTN News
MISSOULA - Fire officials report that a few new hot spots popped up on the Joe's Mountain Fire near Rogers Pass on Tuesday night and firefighters will grid the fire area Wednesday looking for others.
"We want to be sure there's nothing left that could rekindle with hot, dry winds," said Dave Hamilton of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
Firefighters will continue mopping up hot spots and securing the firelines into Thursday with the hope of putting the fire into patrol status once full containment is reached.
One of the 20-person crews will be released, while the other, along with several engines, will remain on the scene. Firefighters will also be able to use helicopters on Wednesday if they are need.
The Joe's Mountain Fire has burned 43 acres and 85% contained after breaking out early Tuesday morning