Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Being Strategic with Limited Resources


September 7, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Sunderland speaks to a Seeley Lake resident. This was his last day on the fire and in Seeley Lake. He was promoted into a detective position and will start Monday in Missoula.

SEELEY LAKE – More than 120 people gathered for the Seeley Lake Community meeting Thursday night at Mission Bible Fellowship. This was Day 46 of the Rice Ridge Fire.

Incident Commander Greg Poncin compared the fuel conditions and terrain to that of the Canyon Creek Fire that, on Sept. 6, 1988, burned more than 180,000 acres in a single burning period. He used the comparison because, while they aren't expecting a wind event that drove the Canyon Creek, the same challenges for containment and minimizing the risk to the community and the surrounding area exist on the Rice Ridge Fire.


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