Closure Update for Gold Pan Fire - Sept 13th
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
CLOSURE UPDATE FOR GOLD PAN FIRE
Hamilton MT – Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King has signed a condensed closure on the Gold Pan Complex in order to give more access to the public. On the west side the closure boundary was pulled back to the Hells Half Road on the Magruder Corridor. The Magruder Road is open but motorists should use caution while driving as fire hazards still pose a risk including falling snags or trees rolling rocks and debris burned out stumps limited visibility from smoke and flash flooding and mud flows especially in areas without vegetation.
Forest Service Trails #142 #32 #36 #13 #37 #705 #19 #73 #31 #4 and #67 are open. Fales Flat and Deep Creek Campground and dispersed sites immediately along Magruder Road are open. The road to Paradise will be open on Saturday.
The Gold Pan Complex fires burning on the West Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church Wilderness have grown to 42 927 acres. The Gold Pan fire has been seeing isolated torching and creeping fire behavior in the last few days. The fire in Cayuse Creek is continuing to move north and northeast. The Nez Peak fire will continue to back down in to Cayuse Creek and slowly move east. The fire east of Blue Joint Creek will continue to spread east toward Razorback Ridge. The fire will also continue to spread north up Jack the Ripper Creek toward Nez Perce Pass and Castle Rock.
With shorter days expected higher relative humidity and periodic rain fire managers predict this will minimize the fire spread until a season ending event occurs. The definition of a season ending event has always been subjective and typically includes a substantial rain event. Generally ½ inch of rain over two to three days is commonly used in this area.
Today the management of this fire will transition from a Type 3 Incident Management Team back to the West Fork Ranger District. For more information please contact the West Fork Ranger District at (406) 821-3269 or visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3538/.