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Rice Ridge Fire

Unit Information

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

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October 20, 2017 The Rice Ridge Fire is 100 percent contained and fire line repair work by heavy equipment has been completed. Road grading on Forest Service Road #477 (Cottonwood Lakes Road) and Forest Service Road #89 has also been completed. Other post-fire work may continue as needed but suppression repair work has been completed for the season. Questions related to the fire should be directed to the Seeley Lake Ranger District at 406 677-2233.

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 CommanderHeather Martens
Coordinates47.268 latitude, -113.485 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel11
Size160,187 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory) and Brush

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering


Planned Actions

Operations include mop-up, back-hauling of equipment, and fire suppression repair with heavy equipment.

Projected Incident Activity

No fire spread expected. Weather will be clear and warm allowing suppression repair to continue.


209s will be completed weekly.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry weather the last two days has allowed suppression repair to begin again. A very windy and wet cold front will pass over this weekend which may pause suppression rehab.