Moose Meadows and Gold Pan Forest Fires Grow – Update July 30
The Gold Pan Forest Fire in the Frank Church Wilderness at the south end of the valley increased about 2,000 acres Monday and is now estimated at 13,335 acres, moving toward Pole Mountain. Early Tuesday morning, it crossed the Hells Half Acre Road. It's an active fire, with group and single tree torching and fire burning in the tree crowns, according to Information officer Glenda Scott.
The Magruder Corridor road closure gate has been moved east of Nez Perce Pass down to the Fales Flat Campground and road guards are in place. The pass will now be used for a helicopter landing site. The Fales Flat Campground remains open, Scott said.
The Type II fire team will remain on the the fire on the West Fork Ranger District, working on long term fire forecasts, while the Type I team will assume command Wednesday morning, July 31.
On the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the Moose Meadows Fire is now at least 3,000 acres in size and the fire southwest of Philipsburg is burning to the south and east in the vicinity of Cooper Creek Campground.
Fire officials said that fireline is being built on the northwest and southwest flanks, and over 76, gallons of water have been dropped on the flames by aircraft.