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Tuesday
Sep052017

Rice Ridge Fire continues to grow, although much slower than Sunday

The Rice Ridge Fire blew up on Sunday to more than 100,000 acres- USFS photo (SEELEY LAKE)- The Rice Ridge Fire adds another 7,000 acres to its fearsome total. 

But the blaze had no where near the growth that was seen during Sunday's high winds, which pushed it beyond 100,000 acres. The total Monday morning is now just over 108,000 acres. 

Most of the fire growth continues to be to the north and east, as the fire pushes into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. However, over a thousand homeowners from Seeley on the west to Coopers Lake on the east remain under evacuation orders. 

One of the best fire teams in the country took over firefighting efforts this morning, as Greg Poncin's Type 1 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is assigned to Rice Ridge. Poncin's team has already pulled two critical shifts on the Lolo Peak Fire this season, and has worked on some of the worst fires in Western Montana in recent years. 

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