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Officials say electric fence sparked Garceau Fire

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Posted at 7:40 AM, Aug 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-18 10:12:03-04

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. - Aug. 17, 2022

The latest update from the CSKT Division of Fire states the Garceau Fire was started by an electric fence.

The blaze — which sparked on Tuesday afternoon — has burned 1,554 acres and remains 0% contained.

There are 245 people assigned to the fire.

(first report: 7:40 a.m. - Aug. 17, 2022)

HOT SPRINGS - A wildfire that broke out Tuesday afternoon outside of the town of Hot Springs has grown to over 1,500 acres.

The Garceau Fire is burning 10 air miles west of Polson and six miles northeast of Hot Springs in the Garceau Gulch area.

The CSKT Division of Fire reports there are no evacuations and there are no structures threatened at this time.

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However, Irvine Flats Road going up to Windy Gap is closed to through traffic until further notice.

Fire managers report heavy air tankers, Single Engine Air Tankers, and Helicopters were used on the initial attack.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

There are 110 people assigned to battle the blaze which is 0% contained.