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Rice Ridge Fire

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Missoula, MT 59804

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Rice Ridge Fire Information for August 19, 207

Rice Ridge Fire Wildfire
News – 8/19/2017

Another community meeting will be held Monday, August 21 at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School.

Yesterday: The lake at Seeley Lake, Clearwater Canoe trail, and the Big Larch Boat Launch have been opened. Big Larch campground is still closed. Crews monitored the strategic firing operations on Morrell Mountain and near the Morrell Lookout from prior operations. Red Flag weather conditions prohibited any firing operations from being conducted. There was significant fire growth to the east in the Cottonwood Creek drainage, prompting the Lolo National Forest to expand the closure area to the east. Aircraft were used to reinforce containment lines and reduce the chances of additional spotting on Morrell mountain. Within the fire perimeter, there was an increase in fire activity in the northern and western portions of the fire. Crews continued fuels reduction operations on public land north and east of the Double Arrow Ranch.

Today: Residents can expect to see fire conditions similar to yesterday. Another day of Red Flag weather may contribute to an increased potential for fire growth. Aircraft will be dropping retardant and water if needed to assist firefighting operations. Crews along the western and northern portions of the fire will continue to monitor fire activity. Additionally, fire crews will be maintaining hose lays and pumps to support holding and suppression efforts along the indirect line to the south and southwest. Fuels reduction on the north and east side of the Double Arrow Ranch will continue.

Fire information booths will be staffed at the Valley Market, Seeley Airport, and Rovero’s Hardware Store on Highway 83 from 11am to 6pm.

Air Quality: For current air quality information please visit Inciweb to view the most recent report.

In the event of an evacuation, the American Red Cross will open a shelter. It is located at the Potomac Community Center, 29827 Potomac Rd., in Potomac. The shelter is on standby, anyone seeking to pre-evacuate that requires assistance or sheltering may call the Red Cross of Montana at 1-800-272-6668. Evacuees are urged to call before leaving for the shelter, as cell phone service is limited at the shelter. More info at

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