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The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation order for residents east and south of Seeley Lake, including Seeley Swan High School, due to the Rice Ridge Fire as of 6:45 p.m. Monday. This new order is for roughly 580 homes.

The lightning-caused Conrow Fire burning seven miles northeast of Whitehall started last Thursday and as of Monday afternoon was about 25 percent contained. Bulldozers crews have pushed a containment line along the southwest and southeast flanks, adding to burnout efforts to prevent the fire from spreading toward nearby homes, cattle ranches, and mining sites. 

Fire information officer Ted Pettis says most of the 25 threatened buildings are behind containment lines.

Sunday night, aerial firefighters working on the Rice Ridge Fire were forced to ground their planes after a drone was spotted flying over the fire. This is the third time this summer that drones have interfered with firefighting on the Lolo National Forest.

Fire Near Helena Prompts Evacuation Orders

Aug 28, 2017

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents near Helena on Holmes Gulch Road and Martinez Gulch Road. Officials are asking people to leave Highway 282 and Colonial Drive clear as well.

Two extraordinary things happened at the incident command post for the Lolo Peak Fire Thursday. One, it rained a little. The National Weather Service said .01 inches of precipitation came down mid-day. Two, a pair of cabinet secretaries, a U.S. Senator, and Montana’s congressman visited.

The Ravalli County Sheriff's office has extended the Evacuation ORDER area south of Florence.

At about 9:00 tonight (Wed 8/23) an evacuation ORDER is now in effect for all residents west of Florence Carlton Loop south to One Horse Creek Road, and west of Hwy 93 from One Horse Creek Road to Sweeney Creek Loop.

The updated Evacuation Order area includes all residents on Sweeney Creek Loop north of and including Outback Road to include Woodtick Hollow, Sweeney Creek Trail, Upper Sweeney Creek Loop, Hill Drive, Koepplin Lane and Smith Fork.

Seeley Lake-area kids will at least have a buffer from the dangerous local wildfire smoke when school resumes. The Missoula County Health Department and school officials are teaming up to place highly efficient HEPA air filters throughout local schools.  

Today's air quality report from Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield:

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 22, 2017

Aug 23, 2017

After saying yesterday that burnout operations on the Lolo Peak Fire were likely responsible for destroying two homes and several outbuildings, fire managers are now saying they need more information to be sure.

On Monday Lolo Peak Fire managers said their burnout operations on the Lolo Peak Fire "probably" led to the destruction of two homes and several outbuildings. Tuesday, they took a more circumspect approach.

Greg Poncin is Incident Commander on the Lolo Peak Fire. MTPR's Edward O'Brien spoke to Poncin Tuesday at his fire camp outside of Florence.