Gold Pan Complex Fact Sheet August 24, 2013
Incident: Gold Pan Complex Wildfire
Start Date: July 16, 2013 Containment: 0%
Cause: Lightning Location: 35 miles SW of Conner, MT
Current Size: Approximately 34,992 acres (Gold Pan – 34,027; Nez Peak – 953)A public meeting will be held today, August 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the West Fork Ranger Station
Resources Assigned: Resources on the fire include 17 engines, 5 helicopters, 2 crews, heavy equipment (skidder, chippers and feller buncher) and 4 water tenders (approximately 260 personnel). Additional resources are being ordered as needed.
Current Status: The inversion lifted early yesterday, providing opportunity for more active fire in some areas. The eastern portion of the Gold Pan fire primarily backed further into the Blue Joint Creek. The northern portion of the Gold Pan fire, continued at a moderate rate of spread. Primary fire behavior on the Nez Peak, Goat and Thirteen fires was creeping and smoldering. The fire is still active near Round Mountain with short crowning runs and spot fires. The Nez Peak fire grew about 300 acres mostly to the south.
Planned Actions: On Gold Pan fire, work will continue along roads keeping travel routes clear and looking for opportunities where work and values at risk are commensurate. Crews will continue to prepare contingency lines ahead of the fire spread. Air Resources will be used on the leading edge of the fire in the Blue Joint drainage as well as other active areas. Goat Fire and Thirteen Fire remain in monitor status.
Given the current situation in south west Montana, we continue to share resources as requested.
Closures: The Magruder Road closure area established by the Bitterroot National Forest remains in effect. Inciweb and the Bitterroot National Forest Website provide the up-to-date Forest Closure Map for specifics.
Weather: Thunderstorms are possible over the next few days. Temps will be in the 80’s and 90’s with 5-10 mph winds. As storms come through the area we may experience some higher gusts of wind. There is no significant long-term relief in the forecasted fire weather conditions.
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.