HAMILTON, Mont. -

A Bitterroot National Forest firefighter who was missing for about 24 hours is recovering at a Hamilton hospital while forest officials try to determine how he went missing.

Forest spokesman Tod McKay says 30-year-old Justin Wall was found walking along a remote Forest Service road on Monday afternoon, a day after he failed to keep up with seven other members of a crew hiking in to mop up one-acre, lightning-caused fire. He had helped fight the fire on Saturday.

Wall was found on Monday several miles from the site of the fire in very rugged, steep terrain.

McKay says Wall told searchers that he was really hungry.