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Final evacuation order lifted in Seeley Lake

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SEELEY LAKE - The final evacuation order for residents living near the Rice Ridge fire was lifted Tuesday morning.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reports that after conferring with the incident management team, it has been decided to downgrade zone 5 in Seeley Lake from evacuation order to evacuation warning.

This last zone is the area north of the airport and is adjacent to Seeley Lake, but technically in Powell County and affects approximately six homes. All of Seeley Lake is still under an evacuation warning while evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect in Powell County.

At last check, the Rice Ridge fire had burned nearly 140,000 acres since being sparked by lightning north of Seeley Lake on July 24.

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.

RELATED: Large backburn operation underway at Rice Ridge Fire

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