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By Andi Bourne

Accounting for $3.6 Million of Firefighting Equipment


September 21, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Pumps, hose and sprinklers were shuttled off the Rice Ridge and Liberty Fires by the truckload this past week. Crews at the Rice Ridge Incident Command Post sorted equipment, re-rolled the hose and loaded it on palettes for the Missoula Fire Cache.

SEELEY LAKE – The Rice Ridge Fire rehabbing process began Thursday. Firefighting crews started wrapping up 135 miles of hose, collecting the 224 pumps and 1094 sprinkler heads and collapsing the large orange portable tanks called pumpkins. Montana National Guard units helped with roadblocks and also were put to work shuttling the equipment to the Incident Command Post south of Seeley Lake and rolling the hose.

This season the Missoula Fire Cache has sent out more than 900 miles of hose to fires around the state. All the hose is rolled in 50-foot or 100-foot sections. When the cache receiv...

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