By Andi Bourne

Evacuation Orders Downgraded, Containment Increases


September 14, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Firefighters did fuels mitigation around the Monture Guard Station and set up sprinkler systems around the cabin with pumps in Morrell Creek. Pictured is the affects of the crown run the fire made at the guard station Saturday night, Sept. 2. The fire stopped 200 feet to the north of the station. It burned all the way to the fence on the west and came within 10 feet of one of the outbuildings. Division Supervisor Phil Oosahwe estimated the fire burned within 0.2 of a mile of the Monture Campground on the other side of the creek.

SEELEY LAKE – "Evacuation Downgraded – Residents can return to their homes," were welcome words to Seeley Lake residents, some who had been displaced for more than two weeks. This week firefighters were able to contain the areas of the Rice Ridge Fire that concerned Greg Poncin's Type 1 Incident Management Team around Seeley Lake to a point where they felt it was safe to let residents return starting Tuesday, Sept. 5. Residents are asked to leave all evacuation order and warning markings on their property until all warnings are lifted.

The Rice Ridge Fire has grown to nearly 140,000 ac...

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