August 10th, 9am Fire Update
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
FACT SHEET Wildfire Update
August 10, 2013 9 a.m.
Contact: Thomas Kempton, Dixie Dies Phone: 406-349-0163
What: Gold Pan Complex (Gold Pan & Goat Fires)Cause: Lightning, July 16, 2013Location: 35 miles SW of Darby, MT. in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.Jurisdiction: Bitterroot National Forest – West Fork Ranger District
TODAY AT 2pm…..For the residents of West Fork and Painted Rocks areas, there will be a fire information meeting at the Gold Pan Incident Command Post located at Scripps Yonder Ranch on the Nez Perce Road, 4 miles west of the West Fork Ranger District office.
RED FLAG WARNING- again today and in effect from 12 noon to 9 pm for lightning and strong down drafts from passing thunderstorms.
Yesterday afternoon’s weather produced varying amounts of rain over the fire area, from almost ¼ inch on the west side to only 4/100 of an inch at Hells Half Acre Lookout. Overall, rainfall was generally low, with little penetration of the tree canopy in most areas. This allowed the fire to continue to burn under the trees overnight. Today’s weather, similar to Friday’s, will allow fire to slowly increase in intensity, with some single and group tree torching as the temperature increases during the day. Predicted afternoon thunderstorms with downdrafts of up to 35 mph could cause spotting into unburned areas.
Weather will once again influence firefighter operations around the fire area. Firefighters will begin the day by continuing snag removal and mop up along the Magruder Road, especially in the area near Deep Creek where the fire has backed down to the south side of the road. They will also patrol the fire line from Magruder Road south to Pole Mountain and Forest trail No. 12 on the east side of the fire. From there the fire line stops, as the fire is in terrain that is too dangerous to move into due to the fire’s location, fuels available to burn and potential for fire spread. Firefighters will also be on the lookout for any holdover fires that may pop up today as a result of yesterday’s lightning activity.
All contingency lines east of Nez Perce Pass are now completed. Magruder road remains closed from Fales Flat campground on the east and Observation Point (Idaho) on the west. Fales Flat campground remains open to the public.
Incident status: 382 personnel, four Type 1 crews, three Type 2 crews, seven helicopters, 8 engines, 17,116 acres, cost to date $5.2 million.
Closures: An emergency closure order is in place for all Forest Service roads and trails within and surrounding the fire. View the closure order/map at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3538/. There is also a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire.
For the latest fire information/photos http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3538/ . Stay in touch with the Bitterroot National Forest through www.facebook.com/DiscoverTheBitterroot and www.twitter.com/BitterrootNF.
Email Goldpan13@gmail.com to receive this information electronically. END