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  • MCPS Relocates Seeley-Swan High School Classes to The Resort at Paws Up

    Aug 31, 2017

    MISSOULA - At 3:30 p.m. on Friday Sept. 1, Missoula County Public Schools alerted staff and students of Seeley-Swan High School that school will be relocated to the new administrative building at The Resort at Paws Up starting Tuesday, Sept. 5. In the event that new information from the Sheriffs Department warrants a change, the District will contact staff and students on Monday, Sept. 4 by 9 a.m. with new information. The following information was distributed to parents directly and can be found on the school’s website: Seeley-Swan High School...

  • Rice Ridge Fire Spots Northeast of Airport

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 31, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Rice Ridge Fire spotted northeast of the Seeley Lake Airport in Section 30. This is a new development overnight and the spot was not on the map last night. Night operations located the spot about a half mile northeast from the Gun Range and began direct line construction early this morning. Crews will continue to hold the spot fire and perform mop up throughout the day. The fuel type is primarily grass and operations seems confident that they will be able to limit growth...

  • Rice Ridge Fire Saturday Morning Update

    Aug 31, 2017

    Rice Ridge Morning Update (this is a repost because the original was deleted unintentionally): The next community meeting will be 6pm Monday night in Seeley Lake. Location to be determined. The Sheriff's Office did escorts yesterday for people to access their property in the evacuated area. Sign up at the Sheriff's information trailer in Cory's Valley Market parking lot. The Rice Ridge Fire grew another 3,000 acres yesterday and is up to 40,164 acres. It remains 18% contained. There are...

  • Rice Ridge Fire Sunday Morning Update

    Aug 31, 2017

    Morning Update: The next community meeting will be Monday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at a location yet to be determined. The evacuation order is still in place, so those who have chosen not to evacuate will not be allowed back to their homes. Escorts continue into the evacuated area again today. Sign up at the Sheriff's Trailer outside Cory's Valley Market. The Rice Ridge Fire grew more than 12,000 acres yesterday. It is now 52,894 acres and remains 18% contained. There are currently 757 fire personnel...

  • Rice Ridge Fire Monday Morning Update

    Aug 31, 2017

    Morning Update: The Rice Ridge Fire doubled in size yesterday to 101,425 acres. It is 7% contained and has 757 personnel on the fire. The cost to date is $29.6 million. There is a community meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Mission Bible Fellowship. YESTERDAY: During daylight hours crews worked to strengthen lines along western perimeter of the fire, including Sawyer and Murphy Creeks and south to Cottonwood Lakes Road (477). In the late afternoon, crews aided by helicopters, extinguished spot fires...

  • Challenging Two Weeks - Team Transition Tomorrow

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Aug 31, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - More than 250 people filled Mission Bible Fellowship on Day 44 of the Rice Ridge Fire. The Rice Ridge Fire had again taken the number one seat on the national priority list as of Sunday, Sept. 3. "At the first meeting I told you I was going to have a bunch of containment out there and I lied to you," said Incident Commander John Thompson. "It has been a challenging two weeks for us." Tomorrow the fire transitions to Greg Poncin's Type 1 Incident Management Team. They will also be i...

  • Rice Ridge Fire Tuesday Morning Update

    Aug 31, 2017

    Morning Fire Update for the Rice Ridge Fire: Greg Poncin's Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire at 6 am this morning. There is a community meeting tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the Ovando Elementary School Gym at 6 pm. The Rice Ridge Fire grew 7,000 acres yesterday and is now more than 108,000 acres. YESTERDAY: Yesterday the Rice Ridge fire and the Reef fire grew together towards the north within the Bob Marshall Wilderness adding the majority of increased...