Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Burnout Totals 7,000 Acres – Meets Objectives


September 21, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The 7,000-acre burnout operation stretched six miles, from Little Shanley Creek east to Dunham Creek. The majority of the burnout was lit using a helicopter with the Flathead Hot Shots hand igniting off the 100-foot shaded fuel break north of Cottonwood Lakes Road (Forest Road 477).

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 Blackf...

For access to this article please sign in or subscribe.


Reader Comments


Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2019

Rendered 11/16/2019 18:17