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Rice Ridge Fire Explodes to More than 100,000 Acres

 

September 7, 2017

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

A DC-10 drops a line of retardant on the south flank of the Rice Ridge Fire Saturday, Sept. 2. The fire made a push towards the north end of Seeley Lake, but aerial resources were able to push the spot fire, that crossed the Pyramid Pass Road, north of the Cottonwood Lakes Road.

SEELEY LAKE – Under Red Flag Conditions, the Rice Ridge Fire exploded this past weekend, adding 12,000 acres on Saturday and doubling the already 50,000 acres burned on Sunday. As of Tuesday, Sept. 5, the fire is more than 108,400 acres and only two percent contained. The only structure lost has been a portable outhouse.

Over the past week more than 150 fire personnel have been added to the efforts. The team was spending $1 million per day to suppress the fire. The overall cost is more than $30 million as of Tuesday, Sept. 5.

"We are facing a very challenging and unprecedented fire season...



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