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Rice Ridge fire nears 18,000 acres

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The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo) The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)

SEELEY LAKE - The Rice Ridge fire north of the town of Seeley Lake has grown to nearly 18,100 acres and is 16% contained.

Authorities issued an evacuation order on Thursday along Forest Service road 17507, which runs north into North Cottonwood Canyon, two cabins have been affected.

An evacuation warning has been issued for residents in the Kozy Korner Meadows area. Eastern boundary starts in the 7500 block of Woodworth Road and runs west to Cottonwood Lakes road, then north through the Rich Ranch. There are 15 homes in the warning area.

Residents on the east side of Highway 83, south of Rice Ridge Road to -- and including the Double Arrow subdivision -- still remain under an evacuation warning.

 Approximately 1090 homes and buildings are threatened by the Rice Ridge fire.

Seeley Lake residents are urged to sign up for Smart911 to ensure they receive any emergency messages about potential evacuations. Fire information booths are being staffed at the Valley Market and Rovero’s Hardware Store on Highway 83 in Seeley Lake from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The American Red Cross has a shelter on standby at the Potomac Community Center in case it is needed.

There are 464 people assigned to battle the lightning sparked blaze.

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