August 21, Gold Pan Complex Fact Sheet
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
Start Date: July 16, 2013 Containment: 0%
Cause: Lightning Location: 35 miles SW of Conner, MT
Current Size: Approximately 29,737 acres
Resources Assigned: Resources on the fire include 17 engines, 4 helicopters, 2 crews, 4 dozers and 4 water tenders (approximately 274 personnel). Additional resources are being ordered as needed.
Current Status: Growth was seen in the Slow Gulch area east to the State line with some spotting ahead over the ridge on the Montana side. It continues to move north/northeast into Cayuse, Scimitar and Gabe Creeks. The Nez Peak fire continued to slowly spread to the east. Some spots have been identified ahead of the existing fires.
Planned Actions: Given weather forecasts, firefighters will continue with established Management Actions. On Gold Pan fire, firefighters will continue to work along the Magruder Road to prepare lines ahead of the fire spread and clear roadways of snags and other debris within the Wilderness Boundary for safe travel. Outside the Wilderness boundary mechanized equipment is being used along some roads to create a wider control line should it be needed. West of West Fork Road near Painted Rocks Lake crews are evaluating and improving road access. Air resources are being used on the Nez Peak fire. While some moisture is predicted for later in the week, there is no significant relief in the forecasted fire weather conditions.
Given the current situation in south west Montana, we will continue to share air resources as requested.
Closures: The Magruder Road closure area established by the Bitterroot National Forest remains in effect. Inciweb or the Bitterroot National Forest Website provide the up-to-date Forest Closure Map for specifics.
Weather: Temperatures will again 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 early to mid afternoons 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.