August 20, 2013 Gold Pan Complex Update
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
Gold Pan Complex
Start Date: July 16, 2013 Containment: 0%
Cause: Lightning Location: 35 miles SW of Conner, MT
Current Size: Approximately 28,332 acres
Resources Assigned: Resources on the fire include 17 engines, 4 helicopters, 3 crews, 3 dozers and 4 water tenders (approximately 280 personnel). Additional resources are being ordered as needed.
Current Status: As expected 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 Scimitar Creeks. The Nez Peak fire continued to slowly spread to the east.
Planned Actions: There is no significant relief in the forecasted fire weather conditions. The Incident Meteorologist is predicting a localized red flag warning in the fire area to be issued today for low RH’s and high Haines Index. Crews and engines will continue to work along the Magruder Road to prepare lines ahead of the fire spread. Primary fire spread will continue to be to the east and southeast, approaching the wilderness boundary.
Closures: The Magruder Road 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.