Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Fire's Fast Growth Leads to Questions of Agency Transparency and Management


August 3, 2017

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 – Tuesday morning, following the first community meeting of the Rice Ridge Fire, evacuation warnings were issued for areas north of Seeley Lake, the town and Double Arrow Ranch excluding Phase 1A west of Highway 83. While the public questioned the transparency of those in charge of the fire, the managers want to assure the public that information is not being withheld and their intent at the community meeting was to provide objective information without creating panic.

The Type 3 Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander Andrew Mandell took control of the Rice Ridge F...

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