Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

A New Normal on the Landscape


September 28, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The decking on the new bridge into the Morrell Falls/Pyramid Pass Trailhead was damaged by the Rice Ridge Fire. The old bridge on the left remains untouched. The landscape in the area is much the same way with pockets of green among the scorched and completely consumed trees. Engineers will assess the damage to the bridge to determine what repair work is required to make it structurally sound again.

SEELEY LAKE - As of Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Rice Ridge Fire was 160,181 acres and has cost around $47.1 million. While the fire burned through a majority of the Seeley Lake Ranger District on the east side of Highway 83, the intensity with which it burned is highly variable. All photos were taken Sunday, Sept. 24 while on a tour of the west side.


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