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Gold Pan Fire is Still in the Wilderness, but Larger – August 19 Update

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Craig Glazier speaks at the Friday public meeting on the Gold Pan Complex. (Tod McKay Photo)
After some wind and continued hot temperatures this weekend, the Gold Pan Complex of forest fires is now listed at about 27,034 acres in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The Northern Rockies Type 1 team, led by Doug Turman, assumed command Monday. There are now about 230 people on the fire with 17 engines, 4 helicopters and 4 water tenders.

The complex includes the Gold Pan Fire, two smaller blazes – Thirteen and Goat Fires, and the Nez Peak fire, which is on Nez Perce Peak to the east of the main Gold Pan Fire.

A public meeting at the West Fork Ranger Station Friday was attended by about 60 people, and officials explained the possible future of the blaze and contingencies if the fire comes out of the wilderness toward Painted Rocks Reservior.

The fire burned to the east in the Grass Gulch area and into Lazy Creek. The Nez Peak fire also burned slowly to the east.

The fire crossed the Magruder Road to the north over the weekend. The Magruder Corridor remains closed to the public.

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