Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Winds Test Fire - Firefighters Hold Their Own


August 31, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Div A was the area where the fire spotted into Murphy Creek and caused the Evacuations Warnings on Wednesday for the residences north of Seeley Lake. Div W was holding after it got up and ran towards town Monday night. Div T was very active today burning across the dozer line down the ridge from Mount Morrell and towards Cottonwood Lakes. Div P was also very active with the fire pushing east in the Cottonwood Drainage. Firefighters picked up nearly 20 spots across Cottonwood Lakes Road but were able to keep them in check. They are working to keep fire north of Cottonwood Lakes Road.

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Community Hall was filled to capacity Thursday night, Aug. 31 for the 10th Rice Ridge Fire community meeting. Incident Commander John Thompson said the firefighters are holding their own despite the winds and passing cold front. This was a change from his assessment Tuesday night at the Ovando Community Meeting where he told those in attendance they were getting their butts' kicked.

There have been eight large fires since mid-July on every district of the Lolo National Forest except Plains. Last night, there were 16 initial attack fires on the Plains/Thompso...

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