The Rice Ridge fire is burning 2 miles northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)
Pre-evacuation orders remain effect along Highway 83 in Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)
SEELEY LAKE -
The Rice Ridge fire that's burning just north of the town of Seeley Lake has grown to nearly 9,300 acres and is now 10% contained.
The evacuation warning issued for south of Rice Ridge Road to Double Arrow Road -- including the town of Seeley Lake -- on the east side of Highway 83 remains in place. While no actual evacuations have been ordered, residents should remain vigilant.
There are over 500 people assigned to battle the lightning sparked blaze that's burning approximately two miles northeast of Seeley Lake.
The waters of Seeley Lake remain closed to all recreation activities due to aircraft scooping water. The closure is expected to last through the weekend.
A public meeting to discuss the Rice Ridge fire will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Seeley Lake Elementary School.
Fire information booths are staffed at the Valley Market and Rovero’s Hardware Store on Highway 83 in Seeley Lake daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A fire information line at (406) 813-0527 is manned daily from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The American Red Cross has a shelter on standby at the Potomac Community Center.