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By Andi Bourne

Local Ranger District returns to normal after COVID outbreak


August 26, 2021

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Ranger District is open to the public after experiencing a small outbreak of COVID. Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn Carver said it was quickly contained through testing and following the 14-day quarantine protocol to reduce the risk of spread. The office was closed from July 23 - Aug. 6 to avoid contact with the public.

Carver said while there were several cases, the entire District staff did not contract COVID. He credited this to the District staff being divided into modules to limit exposure to the entire crew. They did this last year as well to prepare for this scenario. Because of these modules, their wildfire initial attack resources were not compromise due to the outbreak.

Of those that did test positive, Carver said some were vaccinated and others were not. He added everyone who got sick, “managed to get through it.”

“I was out of action for about three weeks myself but others stepped up and the Forest support was excellent,” Carver said. “We are three weeks past it now and back to business as we were before but a little more cautious.”


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