ST. REGIS – Firefighters held the South Tamarack fire at 13 acres Saturday.
The fire burning 6 miles north of St. Regis in the Superior Ranger District had grown slightly, 10 to 13 acres, from Friday into Saturday. The U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday afternoon that despite windy conditions, the fire remained at 13 acres.
"They will continue today reinforcing the handline and saw line they have established over the last 48 hours," the Forest Service said in a Sunday news release.
Windy conditions were expected again Sunday, "and firefighters will remain vigilant against both falling snags and new spot fires outside the fire perimeter."
Hot shot crews from Flathead, Lolo and Helena, a Grangeville hand crew, two fixed-wing air attack planes and two engines are assigned to the fire. Three helicopters are supporting firefighters on the ground as needed.
The lightning-caused fire is still 5 percent contained.
Meanwhile, east of Thompson Falls, helicopters dropped water on the 200-acre Copper King fire on Sunday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Although the fire, burning in steep, rocky terrain, was only about a mile north of Highway 200, no buildings were threatened, according to the Forest Service. Law enforcement directed traffic along the highway, and urged people not to stop.
A Type II incident management team was to arrive at the Copper King fire within 48 hours, the Forest Service said Sunday evening. In the meantime, an Air Attack fixed-wing aircraft and a single engine air tanker also fought the fire.
No closures were imposed Sunday night, but the Forest Service said they were likely within 24 hours.
A fire weather watch will be in effect for Missoula from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.