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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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photo by Peter Christian
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Smoke From Weekend Fires Not Hazardous in Missoula [AUDIO]

Even though smoke from various fires burning in Western Montana, Idaho and Washington poured into the Missoula valley over the weekend, authorities with the Missoula County Health Department said conditions were not hazardous.

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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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The smoke plume from the California Point Fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. (NOAA/NRL)
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Forest Fire Smoke Invades the Bitterroot Valley

A smoke plume was evident over the Bitterroot Mountains Friday afternoon and evening. The smoke is tentatively identified as the California Point Fire, which is in Idaho in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Gold Pan Fire
The Gold Pan Fire this week from Forest Service Air Patrol. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Jumps Toward the Magruder Corridor

The Gold Pan forest fire in the Frank Church Wilderness is now over 5,000 acres and the fire has jumped the Selway River. It is moving closer to the Magruder Ranger Station and a Type 2 Fire Management Team will take over the Gold Pan and the much smaller Goat wilderness fire this weekend

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Trees torching at the Gold Pan forest fire. USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Continues to Grow – Stage One Fire Restrictions are Planned

The 4,295 acre Gold Pan Fire in the Frank Church Wilderness has grown to the east in lower Gold Pan Creek and Langdon Gulch.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said a new wildfire was discovered Wednesday to the southwest of Gold Pan

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West Mullan Fire
Photo courtesy of Inciweb.org
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West Mullan Fire Winding Down – Now 75% Contained [AUDIO]

The West Mullan fire that has been burning near Superior since July 14 is now on the downhill side, after nearly a thousand personnel worked the fire and over $7 million dollars has been spent.

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Gold Pan Fire
The Gold Pan Fire smoke plume from Hells Half Acre Lookout. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire Moves Closer to Magruder Road in Wilderness

The Gold Pan wilderness fire is now over 3,000 acres in size and is only a quarter mile from the Magruder Corridor road between the Frank Church and the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness areas.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the lightning-caused fire in the West Fork Ranger District has grown on the southwest corner and on the east side in lower Gold Pan Creek and Landon Gulch

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The Gold Pan Fire near Magruder Corridor. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan Fire in Wilderness Sends Smoke into Bitterroot Valley

The Gold Pan Fire in the Frank Church Wilderness grew to about 2,000 acres over the weekend and sent a large column of smoke into the air and over the south end of the Bitterroot Valley.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the fire is burning about 3 miles east of the Salmon Mountain Lookout on the West Fork Ranger District

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