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Gold Pan Fire at 42,000 Acres

Gold Pan Complex plume
A plume of smoke from the Gold Pan Complex this past weekend. (USFS/Air Patrol)
The Gold Pan complex of fires in the south end of the Bitterroot Valley grew over 1,000 acres this past weekend.

The growth was mainly north and east as the fire, which started in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, moved farther into the Blue Joint drainage near McGregor Creek and Nez Perce Pass, with some spotting across Jack the Ripper Creek.

Information Officer Tod McKay said that the Gold Pan Complex is a “long term event” and will likely be contained with a season ending event such as heavy rain or snowfall.

The Magruder Corridor between Nez Perce Pass and Elk City, Idaho, is being opened from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, depending on conditions.

A Type III Incident Management Team assumed command of the firefighters Sunday.

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