August 12, 9am, Gold Pan Fire Update
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
Isolated thunderstorms will pass through the area again today, but there will only be a 20% chance of rain. Temperatures in the afternoon will be up to 88 degrees, with humidity in the upper teens to low 20% range.Diane Hutton’s Northern Rockies Fire Management Team will work with Poncin’s team today in preparation for assuming management of the fire Tuesday morning.
To date Poncin’s team has been able to meet the objective of keeping the fire south of Magruder road, west of Paradise road, and west of Hells Half Acre road within the wilderness boundary. The fire remains unchecked on the south side, and on the west side of Magruder Road near Kim Creek Saddle. These areas have no safe location for firefighters to engage the fire on the ground. The trend in warmer, dryer weather into the low 90’s by week’s end will likely see increased fire activity each day, with associated fire spread expected to increase in these areas as this trend continues.
Micro-bursts from Friday’s thunderstorm that brought down trees on the Magruder Road were more widespread than originally identified. Additional recon of the area found both burned and green trees were uprooted and snapped off in the Hells Half Acre Creek area east of Horsejaw Mountain, and green trees came down in the Paradise area. Snag hazards remain a serious threat to firefighter safety as many trees within the burn that appear alive with green needles have burned out root systems, and they can easily fall to the ground, often without any wind.Firefighters will continue mop up operations along the Magruder Road, moving around the northeast corner of the fire and south along fire line constructed towards trail No. 12.A webcam installed yesterday at Hells Half Acre Lookout is being tested for webcam broadcasting. 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: 266 personnel, three Type 1 crews, one Type 2 crew, four helicopters, 8 engines, 17,150 acres, cost to date $5.8 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