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By Andi Bourne

How Do We Live With Fire?


November 2, 2017

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

The Rice Ridge Fire burning in the mountains above Seeley Lake Sept. 2.

by Andi Bourne


MISSOULA - A panel of eight experts discussed the challenges and lessons of the 2017 fire season to help address the question How Do We Live with Fire? The forum, moderated by former environmental editor of the Wall Street Journal Frank Allen, was presented at the University of Montana Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Farmers Insurance Agent Emily Rindal spoke on the effects of the 160,000-acre Rice Ridge Fire and 29,000-acre Liberty Fire. She highlighted the stress and fear felt by residents and the economic loss the smoke and lake closures had on the community businesses.


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