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Most evacuated Seeley Lake residents can return home

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SEELEY LAKE - Weeks of wondering and worrying are finally coming to an end for many Seeley Lake residents.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has announced that the evacuation orders issued because of the Rice Ridge fire have been dropped to evacuation warnings, meaning that folks can return to their homes,

The decision puts almost all Seeley Lake residents back into their homes. There are now just six homes that remain under a mandatory evacuation order.

"We want to thank residents for their cooperation and understanding during the last few months," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement issued Sunday morning.

Evacuations and Warnings 

  • Powell County evacuation order: includes the Monture Cabin area and the Coopers Lake area.
  • ?Powell County evacuation warning: includes all other areas of Powell County north of Highway 200 between the Missoula County line on the west and the Lewis and Clark County line on the east.
  • Missoula County evacuation order: Zone 5, which includes approximately six homes, is the only zone still under evacuation order.

Anyone seeking shelter may call the Red Cross of Montana at 1-800-272-6668. Shelters remain at Camp Paxson in Seeley Lake and at the Ovando Elementary School Gymnasium.

There are 862 people assigned to battle the 132,700 acre blaze which has cost $36 million to fight.

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