By Micah Drew

Smoke Stares Down Seeley Lake: Fire Updates


Micah Drew, Pathfinder

People lined up in front of Seeley Lake Elementary for the community information meeting as smoke from the Rice Ridge Fire billows up behind the school.

SEELEY LAKE – Nearly 600 people packing the gym at Seeley Lake Elementary for a fire meeting Monday, July 31. Members of the Forest Service, the Incident Management Team and other local officials addressed the attendees.

The meeting served primarily as an update for the Rice Ridge Fire that is burning approximately three miles northeast of Seeley Lake. The fire started on July 24, but in the last 24 hours the fire exploded from 60 acres to 1,994 acres.

During the day Monday, the fire grew 300-500 acres. The fire is burning southeast of the point of origin on Rice Ridge, crossed over FR...

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