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By Andi Bourne

Challenges and Success on Day 40 of the Rice Ridge Fire


August 31, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The Rice Ridge Fire blowing up northwest of the retardant base at Kozy Korner about 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

OVANDO – On Day 40 of the Rice Ridge Fire nearly 100 people filled the Ovando School Gym for a community meeting. Incident Commander John Thompson provided fire updates and answered questions from the community.

Meeting Highlights:

• The Lolo National Forest picked up 17 new fires in the last 48 hours, and five went large. One of the helicopters will be leaving in three days because they have timed out and another will be down for maintenance tomorrow. This is adding strain to already stretched resources.

• The Rice Ridge Fire is still number one in the Northwest region, however not n...

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