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Rice Ridge Fire

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

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Rice Ridge Fire Update for August 7, 2017

Rice Ridge Fire Wildfire
News – 8/7/2017

Last night’s community meeting was attended by approximately 250 people. It can be viewed as a video on the Lolo National Forest Facebook page for those who missed it. The Next public meeting will be held on Thursday, August 10 at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School.

The waters of Seeley Lake remain closed, but all businesses in town are open.

Sunday’s moderate weather provided for low fire activity for the majority of the day.

Fire crews on the west side of the fire improved fire line, installed additional hose lays and sprinklers and scouted new lines parallel to Highway 83 yesterday. On the southeast side of the fire crews started to build control line to the east along Cottonwood Lake Road. Crews were challenged by thick vegetation and terrain while building control lone along the FS 4353 Road on the southwest side of the fire.

Scooper planes worked hot areas on the north side of the fire in the later afternoon. Helicopters worked the south end of the fire.

Crews are continuing structure protection preparation and assessments in Seeley Lake along the MT-83 and Cottonwood Canyon.

The evacuation warning issued to residents is still in effect on both sides of Highway 83 south of Rice Ridge Road to Morrell Creek and south of Cottonwood Lakes Road east of Highway 83, including the town of Seeley Lake and Double Arrow Ranch. No actual evacuations have been ordered.

A fire information booth will be staffed at the Valley Market on Highway 83 from 10am to 6pm.

Residents of the area should sign up for Smart911 at to ensure they receive any emergency messages about potential evacuations.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for those who wish to pre-evacuate. It is located at the Potomac Community Center, 29827 Potomac Rd., in Potomac. All evacuees are welcome and there is no cost to stay in the shelter. More info at

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