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Gold Pan Complex Forest Fire Invades Montana

Gold Pan map detail August 22
The Nez Peak Fire of the Gold Pan Complex has come into the Blue Joint drainage. This map is from August 22. (USFS map)
The Gold Pan Complex of fires includes the Gold Pan fire, the Thirteen fire, the Goat fire and the Nez Peak fire.

The Gold Pan Complex has burned down into the upper Blue Joint drainage in Montana in the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest (see photo).

In all, the complex is over 34,000 acres and fire officials have said it will probably burn through the remainder of the fire season. Most of the fire is still in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, though over 2,100 acres have burned outside the wilderness boundary.

A public meeting about the forest fire will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at the West Fork Ranger Station.

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