Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

Rice Ridge Fire Friday Morning Update


August 17, 2017

Chelsea Cahoon

A Sikorsky helicopter drops retardant at the top of the ridge while an airplane paints the dozerline from the top of Mount Morrell yesterday. Photo from the Seeley Lake Airport Thursday evening.

Rice Ridge Fire Morning Update: Another community meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 21 at 6pm at the Seeley Lake Elementary School.

The Rice Ridge Fire grew 620 acres and is now up to 12, 861 acres and remains 10% contained. There are currently 539 firefighters assigned to the fire including: 7 crews, 31 engines, 4 helicopters, 2 dozers, 19 water tenders and overhead personnel.

YESTERDAY: Crews continued strategic firing operations on Morrell Mountain and near the Morrell Lookout. Conditions were favorable for both aerial and ground based firing operations.

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