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West Fork Meeting Planned Saturday August 10 for Gold Pan Fire

Gold Pan Fire burnout
A planned burnout on the Gold Pan Fire Wednesday. (USFS Photo)
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.

Crews successfully completed a burnout south of Magruder Road Wednesday and were patrolling the area Thursday, according to information officer Thomas Kempton. The burn was to get rid of unburned fuel ahead of the fire, attempting to keep the blaze south of the Magruder Corridor.

The fire is still in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and is more active on the south side in the Lunch Creek and Grass Gulch areas east of the Selway Fire and four miles south of Magruder Road.

Contingency lines are being completed east of the fire, outside the wilderness boundaries in the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest. Forest roads 5644 and 1303 are open, but there continues to be heavy fire traffic.

Moose Meadows Fire
Meanwhile, the Moose Meadows fire on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is 80 percent contained and the Type II team is transitioning down to a Type III team based in the Pintler Ranger District.

There was minimal fire activity the last three days on the fire, 18 miles southeast of Philipsburg and crews are patrolling for hot spots and are mopping up in other areas.

However, the Granite County Sheriff is maintaining a Stage 2 Evacuation Warning for the Middle Fork Road and Moose Lake area. Officials are examining future weather systems.

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