Gold Pan and Moose Meadows Forest Fire Update – August 7
Firefighters have had opportunities to prepare for movement of the Gold Pan Forest Fire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
The 16,000 acre fire in the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest has stayed in the wilderness area so far, but crews have built over 25 miles of fireline as a contingency to the east of the fire between the wilderness and Painted Rocks Reservoir. They have used existing roads and connected them with fireline. They also have been burning out areas between the fire and the Magruder Road to keep the fire south of that corridor. The Magruder Road remains closed at Fales Flat Campground. The campground is still open, though.
East of the valley, on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the 3,500 acre Moose Meadows Fire is now 70 percent contained, as fire crews completed more fireline and some crews are now being taken off the firelines.
Fire teams are still very cautious about the weather, with lightning storms predicted for the next few days.