August 11, 9 PM Fire Update
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
FACT SHEETWildfire UpdateAugust 11, 2013 9 p.m.
Contact: Thomas Kempton, Dixie Dies Phone: 406-349-0163
What: Gold Pan Complex (Gold Pan & Goat Fires)Cause: Lightning, July 16, 2013Location: 35 miles SW of Darby, MT. in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. Jurisdiction: Bitterroot National Forest – West Fork Ranger District
A Red Flag warning remains in effect until 11 p.m. tonight.
Although thunderstorms have passed near the fire today, no storms moved over the fire, and there has been no precipitation over the fire area. Smoke that drifted into the area yesterday evening from large fires in southern Idaho settled over the fire area last night. As a result, an inversion over the fire area did not lift until afternoon, and fire activity was generally subdued throughout the day. Smoke may continue to drift into the area from the southern Idaho fires. For current air quality conditions in the Bitterroot Valley, go to http://tinyurl.com/k4knopk.Firefighters continued line holding and mop up operations along the Magruder Road and on the fire line from the road south to Trail No. 12. Snags coming down in the road are one of the major hazards to firefighters at this time in the fire operation. The fire remains unchecked on the south side and continues to burn. It is also unchecked 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.Diane Hutton’s Northern Rockies Fire Management Team will return to take over management of the fire early next week. Some members of her team arrived today to go out on the fire lines to begin to familiarize themselves with what has taken place since they turned the fire over to Poncin’s team on July 31st.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 crews, four helicopters, 8 engines, 17,149 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.
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