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Gold Pan Complex Forest Fire is Burning Slowly – Bass Creek Logging

burning slash along Magruder Road
Fire crews burning slash near the Deep Creek Campground along Magruder Road. (USFS Photo)
With the Gold Pan Complex growing only about 20 acres Wednesday, the fire crews were able to conduct some burnouts and get rid of slash piles created when they removed hazardous snags from high winds last week.

The Gold Pan Complex is listed at 17,182 acres in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest.

The fire is still south of the Magruder Corridor. Information officer Glenda Scott said that some potential fuel is still moist from recent rainstorms.

The weather is the major factor now, with winds that could drive the blaze to the east, into high densities of unburned trees.

Larry Creek-Bass Creek Lumber
The lumber project up Bass Creek is ahead of schedule, according a notice on the Bitterroot National Forest website. The site is off US 93, north of the Stevensville Wye.

The road to Bass Creek Overlook (and the overlook) will re-open Saturday, August 17. Signs will be posted, and those using the road should drive slowly and do not enter into the current closed area.

The Charles Waters Campground is open, as is the Bass Creek Trailhead and Trail.
Signs have posted around the area. Be aware of logging truck traffic.

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