Burnout Totals 7,000 Acres – Meets Objectives

SEELEY LAKE – Despite concerns from near-by landowners, Greg Poncin's Type 1 Incident Management Team initiated a 7,000 acre burnout north of Cottonwood Lakes Road (Forest Road 477) Sunday, Sept. 10 on the Rice Ridge Fire. By Thursday, Sept. 14, ignition was complete and the objectives were met; bring the main fire 2.5 miles south to the shaded fuel break and Cottonwood Lakes Road while moderating the fire behavior to reduce the tree mortality and minimize spot fires.

The majority of the six-mile wide burnout took place on National Forest System lands. Approximately 40 acres of the Blackfoot-C...


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