The Chrandal Creek Fire on the Bitterroot National Forest gained another 50 acres as the fire burned between Skook Creek and Chrandal Creek. It has now burned 2,250 acres.

Firelines held on the north and northeast flanks, and Monday five hotshot crews worked on the southeast flank, supported by helicopters.

Tuesday, the firefighters will work to keep the fire from moving east into the Mine Creek drainage. Officials are also having crews work on the northwest and northeast flanks in the upper Chrandal Creek area.

Helicopters (there are five of them now) are keeping hot spots in check with water drops and are supporting the ground crews on the fireline construction.

The fire is expected the continue small torching runs on the interior, and more smoke is expected at the hot temperatures continue.

Before hiking in the area, check with the Bitterroot National Forest for possible trail closures.