AREA CLOSURE LIFTED
September 17 2013
Hamilton MT – With cooler and wetter weather heading our way fire activity and movement on the Gold Pan fire is expected to be extremely limited. The National Weather Service is forecasting persistant rain for the Valley with light snow possible for the mountains. Snow levels could lower to 6 000 feet on Wednesday.
As a result Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King is lifting all closures on the Gold Pan Complex. This includes all Forest Service trails and roads previously closed in the Frank Church and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Motorists recreationists and hunters should exercise caution and be alert to the hazards associated with travel in areas of previous fire. To see a list of potential hazards and for more information please read announcement above or call the West Fork Ranger District at 406-821-3269.
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 16th, 2013 approx. 03:30 PM|
|Location||35 miles SW of Conner, MT|
|Incident Commander||Shane Olpin|
10 Timber (litter and understory). Unburned mixed conifer stand, bug killed Douglas Fir and Lodgepole Pine, as well as numerous old fire scar areas in and around the fire.
Minimal growth and spread
This fire transitioned from a Type 3 Incident Management Team back to the West Fork District on Friday, September 13th.
Monitoring the Magruder Road to keep it open. When needed, bucket drops will be used in Jack the Ripper and Blue Joint Creeks.