Posted: Aug 22, 2013 10:51 PM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 23, 2013 10:25 AM
The Rock Creek Fire - just south of Red Lodge is 10 percent contained tonight and more resources are moving in to fight the blaze.
The fire - sparked Tuesday - just five miles south of Red Lodge - is now 800 acres in size.
A Northern Rockies Type Two Incident Management team officially took over the fire today.
That team from northern Idaho didn't waste any time assessing the situation and laying out a plan.
The new plan includes crews securing the bottom end of the fire closer to structures as well as helicopters managing the upper end of the blaze in harder to reach areas.
The team is also developing a back-up plan just in case the fire does pick up and begin to grow again.
This afternoon a Navajo HotShot Crew got to work putting out hot spots closer to the highway.
The team does have more resources ordered on their way to assist with the fire.
Incident Commander Shawn Pearson said, "Bottom line is, resources are tight; not only within the geographical area and the Northern Rockies but also around the country."
"There's a lot of fires burning. The one thing we do have going for us in the Northern Rockies geographical area is, we've been bumped up to the number one priority in the nation. So that will definitely help on the allocation of resources," Pearson said.
The Rock Creek fire is now considered the second top priority fire - in the Northern Rockies just behind the Lolo Creek Complex Fire in western Montana.