Gold Pan Complex

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Gold Pan Complex

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Approximate Location

45.657 latitude, -114.78 longitude

Incident Overview

Smoke plumes north of Kit Carson

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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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 16th, 2013 approx. 03:30 PM
Location35 miles SW of Conner, MT
Incident CommanderShane Olpin

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size42,749 Acres
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events

This fire transitioned from a Type 3 Incident Management Team back to the West Fork District on Friday, September 13th.


Planned Actions

Monitoring the Magruder Road to keep it open. When needed, bucket drops will be used in Jack the Ripper and Blue Joint Creeks.

Projected Incident Activity


Unit Information

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Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840

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