August 11, 9am, Gold Pan Fire Update
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
August 11, 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
Another Red Flag warning has been posted by the National Weather Service today from 12 noon to 11 p.m. tonight. This could be the busiest day yet for thunderstorm activity over the Gold Pan Fire Complex according to Incident Meteorologist Tim Sedlock. An increased chance of lightning is predicted for today, creating a hazard for firefighters on the fire lines. There may be rain with some of these storms. Smoke that drifted over the fire area late yesterday afternoon and continued into the Bitterroot Valley was not from this fire, but from the Pony Complex Fire northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho. Go to http://tinyurl.com/k4knopk to find out current air quality in the Bitterroot Valley.
Yesterday’s thunderstorms produced no rain over the fire area, but there was lightning in the surrounding areas of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Bitterroot Valley. Most fire movement was in Lunch Creek and Grass Gulch on the southeast side of the fire.Firefighters will continue “snagging” (snag removal) along the Magruder Road as well as mop up on the south side of the road. Crews will be patrolling the hand line from Magruder Road to Trail No. 12 south of Pole Mountain. Interior “jackpots” (unburned stands of trees/logs/ground vegetation) will continue to burn within the main fire area. However, if thunderstorms with downdraft winds move over the fire, this could produce spotting up to a distance of one mile.
A webcam was installed yesterday at Hells Half Acre Lookout. When it becomes operational, a web link will be provided in this update and 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, six 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.Email Goldpan13@gmail.com to receive this information electronically.END