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By Andi Bourne

Montana Community Foundation Distributes $600,000 to Benefit Wildfire Relief Efforts


February 8, 2018

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

A helicopter flies at the edge of the Rice Ridge Fire during the Aug. 28 blowup that threatened approximately 1,090 homes and buildings in and around Seeley Lake. Tuesday, Aug. 29 the fire had grown to 30,662 acres, less than 18 percent of the 160,000 acres it burned by October.

HELENA – The Montana Community Foundation (MCF) distributed more than $600,000 in grants to 81 organizations including 64 fire departments across Montana from the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. Area organizations received $84,000 of the funds including: Seeley Lake Rural Fire District, $15,000; Helmville Volunteer Fire Department, $6,000; Lincoln Rural Fire District, $13,000; Missoula City-County Health Department, $15,000; Seeley Lake Community Foundation, $15,000; Seeley Lake Chamber of Commerce, $15,000 and Alpine Artisans, Inc. (AAI), $5,000.

The fund originated as a partnership betwee...

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