August 12, 9pm, Gold Pan Fire Updaate
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
Wildfire Update August 12, 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, 2013
Location: 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
Diane Hutton’s Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team worked with Poncin’s team today in preparation for assuming management of the fire at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.
To date Poncin’s team has been able to meet the objective of keeping the fire south of Magruder road, west of Paradise road, and west of Hells Half Acre road within the wilderness boundary. The fire remains unchecked on the south side, and 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. The trend in warmer, dryer weather into the low 90’s by week’s end will likely see increased fire activity each day, with associated fire spread expected to increase in these areas as this trend continues.
Snag hazards remain a serious threat to firefighter safety as many trees within the burn that appear alive with green needles have burned out root systems, and they can easily fall to the ground, often without any wind. 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: 278 personnel, three Type 1 crews, one Type 2 crew, four helicopters, 4 engines, 17,163 acres, cost to date $6 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 go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3538/ Stay in touch with the Bitterroot National Forest through www.facebook.com/DiscoverTheBitterroot and www.twitter.com/BitterrootNF. Email Goldpan13@gmail.com to receive this information electronically. This will be the last update from Greg Poncin’s Northern Rockies Incident Management Team. Further updates will come from Diane Hutton’s Wildland Fire Management Team.