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Gold Pan Complex cleanup. (USFS Photo)
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Bitterroot Forest Areas Opened

The weather is allowing the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor to reopen the closed areas at the Gold Pan Complex in the south end of the valley.

Supervisor Julie King lifted all closures this week, including the trails and roads in the Frank Church and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness areas

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The closure area of the forest around the Gold Pan Complex. (Bitterroot National Forest/USFS image)
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Gold Pan Closure Area Reduced

More access for the public is the reason for a condensed closure around the Gold Pan Complex of forest fires in the West Fork Ranger District.

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King signed the order this week, which moves the boundary back to the Hells Half Road on the Magruder Corridor (see map)

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Firefighters on a Gold Pan fireline. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Update

The 42,000 acre Gold Pan Complex of forest fires has continued burning - with isolated "torching" and some creeping fire along the ground, according to the latest Bitterroot National Forest news release

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A plume of smoke from the Gold Pan Complex this past weekend. (USFS/Air Patrol)
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Gold Pan Fire at 42,000 Acres

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

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A sign along the Magruder Corridor. (USFS Photo)
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Magruder Road is Open for Four Hours a Day

The Magruder Road Corridor between Montana's Nez Perce Pass and Elk City, Idaho, has re-opened to the public between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, according to a new release from the Gold Pan Complex firefighters

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Clearing snags from the roadway at the Gold Pan Complex. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Complex of Forest Fires Continues Slow Growth

The Gold Pan Complex of fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is an estimated 35,000 acres in size, with the two major fires being the Gold Pan at 34,000 and Nez Peak at about 1,000 acres

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The Nez Peak Fire of the Gold Pan Complex has come into the Blue Joint drainage. This map is from August 22. (USFS map)
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Gold Pan Complex Forest Fire Invades Montana

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)

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Craig Glazier speaks at the Friday public meeting on the Gold Pan Complex. (Tod McKay Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire is Still in the Wilderness, but Larger – August 19 Update

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

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The Nez Peak Fire August 14. (USFS Photo)
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Nez Perce Peak Forest Fire Added to the Gold Pan Complex

The Gold Pan forest fire Complex in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness now consists of four named fires - Gold Pan, Goat, Thirteen and Nez Peak. All together, the fires have burned over 18,000 acres on the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest

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Fire crews burning slash near the Deep Creek Campground along Magruder Road. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Complex Forest Fire is Burning Slowly – Bass Creek Logging

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

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