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Ridge Fire Update September 20
Rice Ridge Fire Update Tuesday, September 20, 2017; 8:30 AM Northern Rockies Incident Management Team Greg Poncin, Incident Commander Fire origin: July 24, 2017, 1.4 miles... more


Approximate Location

47.268 latitude, -113.485 longitude

Incident Overview

Rice Ridge Fire Perimeter Map September 20

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 17 was the last Operational video that was posted unless something significant occurs on the fire. For yesterday's accomplishments and today's planned operations please read our Fire Update posted under the News tab.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 24th, 2017 approx. 04:30 PM
LocationNorth and east of Seeley Lake MT.
Incident CommanderGreg Poncin's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel348
Size160,181 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained72%
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer fuels that are near or exceeding historic ERC values. 1000 hour fuels are also at all time lows (5% recorded from fuel sample).

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity, smoldering.


Planned Actions

Branch I & II - Operations include mop-up, back hauling of equipment and implementing fire suppression repair plans.

Branch III- Monitor status

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior is restricted to creeping and smoldering in areas of heavier fuel concentrations . Conditions will be wet with minimal fire behavior.


Forest area closures remain in effect as well as road restrictions and closures.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cloudy skies and occasional light rain will prevail across the fire Thursday. Expect very light accumulations of rain and snow above 5500 feet. This storm system will bring continued chances for light rain and snow on Friday. The storm system will continue to bring a slight chance for showers on Saturday, before moving east of the area on Sunday. High pressure ridging will begin to build over the area on Monday.

Unit Information

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

Incident Contacts

Rice Ridge Fire Info
Email: RiceRidgeFire@gmail.com
Phone: 406-813-0527
Hours: Daily 7am-9pm
LNF Fire Information Center
Email: lolonffires2017@gmail.com
Phone: 406-329-3802
LNF Fire Information Center
Email: lolonffires2017@gmail.com
Phone: 406-329-1006
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