August 19, Gold Pan Fire Update
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
Start Date: July 16, 2013 Issue date: August 19, 2013
Cause: Lightning Location: 35 miles SW of Conner, MT
Current Size: Approximately 27,034 acres Containment: 0%
Gold Pan Complex Information Phone Number: 406-349-0163
Resources Assigned: The Northern Rockies Type 1 IMT, lead by Doug Turman, assumed command of the fire today at 6:00 a.m. Resources on the fire include 17 engines, 4 helicopters, 4 crews, and 4 water tenders (approximately 233 personnel). Additional resources are being ordered as needed.
Current Status: Sunday afternoon the fire remained moderately active. Some growth was seen primarily to the east in the Grass Gulch area and from the head of Vance Creek into Lazy Creek. The fire is also beginning to spread into Slow Gulch from Lazy Creek along the East Fork of Magruder Creek north of Kim Creek Saddle. It continues to move north/northeast into Cayuse and Scimitor Creeks. The Nez Peak fire continued to slowly spread to the east.
Planned Actions: Management actions will continue to be similar to the past two days. Crews and engines will continue to work along the Magruder Road. Divisions will continue to scout/recon looking for opportunities to assist in preparation for potential spread.
Closures: The closure area established by the Bitterroot National Forest remains in effect. Inciweb provides the up-to-date Forest Closure Map for specifics.
Weather: Temperatures will remain in the 70’s over most of the higher elevations of the fire and in the low 90’s in the valleys for the next few days. Inversions are expected to lift in early afternoon providing opportunity for increase in fire activity.
Cooperating Agencies: Ravalli County Fire Warden, Painted Rocks RFD, West Fork RFD, Ravalli County Sheriffs Dept., Ravalli County Office of Emergency Management, and the American Red Cross.
The fire is listed on Inciweb: www.inciweb.org###