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Phillip Manuel Gold Pan Fire meteorologisst (left) and Tim Sedlock of the National Weather Service prepare a weather balloon. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Meteorologists Use Weather Balloon

With a Red Flag warning issued by the National Weather Service, more information was needed on the Gold Pan forest fire in the Frank Church Wilderness. Officials looked to the sky.

Friday, a helium-filled weather balloon with a three-pound instrument package was launched from the Incident Command Post on the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest

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A planned burnout on the Gold Pan Fire Wednesday. (USFS Photo)
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West Fork Meeting Planned Saturday August 10 for Gold Pan Fire

West Fork area residents will be updated on the Gold Pan forest fire Saturday afternoon, August 10, at 2 p.m. at the fire's incident command post. The meeting will be at the Scripps Yonder Ranch on the Nez Perce Road about 4 miles west of the West Fork Ranger Station

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Burned trees along the Magruder Corridor. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan and Moose Meadows Forest Fire Update – August 7

Firefighters have had opportunities to prepare for movement of the Gold Pan Forest Fire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The 16,000 acre fire in the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest has stayed in the wilderness area so far, but crews have built over 25 miles of fireline as a contingency to the east of the fire between the wilderness and Painted Rocks Reservoir

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Excavator Clearing Understory Vegetation Forest Road No.1303 (USFS Photo)
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Forest Fire Update – Gold Pan and Moose Meadows – August 5

The fire crews at the Gold Pan and Moose Meadows forest fires are reporting increased burning as the forest dries out, following last week's rain showers.

The 3,500 acre Moose Meadows Fire is now 60 percent contained and there are no structures threatened at this time

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The Gold Pan Forest Fire Command Center. (USFS Photo)
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Rain Storms Slow Area Forest Fires – Only For a Few Days

This week's lightning and rainstorms provided a little relief for firefighters on both the Gold Pan fire in the Frank Church Wilderness on the Bitterroot National Forest and the Moose Meadows Fire on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

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Gold Pan Fire from the Salmon Point Lookout. (USFS Photo)
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Moose Meadows and Gold Pan Forest Fires – August 1 Update

The Gold Pan Forest Fire on the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest is now estimated to be over 15,000 acres, after experiencing 40 mile per hour downdrafts from passing thunderstorms Wednesday.

According to

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Sprinklers to help protect Magruder Ranger Station structures are dipping into the Selway River. (USFS Photo)
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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 m

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A time lapse of the Gold Pan Fire growth on July 21. (NOAA/Missoula National Weather Service)
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Gold Pan Fire in Time-Lapse Satellite View from July 21st

The Gold Pan forest fire, in the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest, is over 11,000 acres and is expected to grow.

The Bitterroot National Forest has ordered a Type 1 Fire Management Team that will take over operations Wednesday, July 31

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The Gold Pan Fire, viewed from the Magruder Road Sunday. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire is Over 11,000 Acres – Moose Meadows is over 2,200

The Gold Pan forest fire, on the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest, was estimated at over 11,628 acres Monday morning.

The Magruder Road is closed from Nez Perce Pass to Observation Pass in Idaho.

The fire in

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The Saturday afternoon column of the Moose Meadows Fire - from Hamilton. (KLYQ Photo)
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A Growth Weekend for Area Forest Fires – More Smoke in Valley

The Moose Meadows Fire, 18 miles southwest of Philipsburg, grew to over 1,400 by Sunday morning and the Gold Pan Complex of fires (Gold Pan and Goat fires) in the Frank Church Wilderness gained 2,000 acres Friday and more on Saturday and is now over 7,000 acres

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