August 10, 9pm, Gold Pan Fire Update
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
FACT SHEETWildfire UpdateAugust 10, 2013 9 p.m.
Contact: Thomas Kempton, Dixie Dies Phone: 406-349-0163
What: Gold Pan Complex (Gold Pan & Goat Fires)
Cause: Lightning, July 16, 2013
Location: 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
A fire information meeting was held today for the residents of West Fork and Painted Rocks areas at the Gold Pan Incident Command Post. The meeting was well attended by residents who received a briefing from the IC, Operations Chief, the incident Meteorologist and Forest Supervisor. Overall, yesterday’s 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 and through the day. A microburst that resulted from yesterday’s storm, toppled and broke trees mid-trunk which subsequently fell on roadways. Firefighters continued working today to clear these roads of this debris in order to keep them open for firefighter use and safety. This result clearly illustrates the hazards to firefighters from these falling trees and is one of the reasons for the tactics that are being used.
Weather again influenced firefighter operations around the fire area. Firefighters began 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 patrolled the fire line from Magruder Road south to Pole Mountain and Forest trail No. 12 on the east side of the fire gridding and looking for any holdover spots as a result of yesterday’s lightning activity. 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.
A webcam is installed at Hells Half Acre Lookout. When it becomes operational we will post the link here as well as in Inciweb.
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: 346 personnel, three Type 1 crews, three Type 2 crews, seven helicopters, 8 engines, 17,132 acres, cost to date $5.5 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.
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