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Gold Pan Complex active Saturday afternoon

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Aug 24 2013 10:38:47 PM MDT
GOLD PAN COMPLEX FIRE 8-20-13
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The following is a press release from the Bitterroot National Forest:

Gold Pan fire behavior was primarily creeping and smoldering until approximately 1300 when it became more active. Moderate spotting was observed and spots became quickly established. Group tree torching and short uphill runs were observed. North of the Magruder Road,the fire spread at a slow rate. Primary fire behavior on the Nez Peak, Goat and Thirteen fires was creeping and smoldering.

Management actions will continue to be similar to previous days. On the Gold Pan fire, crews will continue to snag along roads keeping travel routes clear and look for opportunities where work and values at risk are commensurate. Crews will continue to prepare contingency lines ahead of the fire spread. Other divisions will monitor, scout and look for opportunities. The Nez Peak fire is currently being managed as full suppression, though due to safety concerns primary suppression is through air resources. The Goat fire and Thirteen fire remain in monitor status.Initial attack resources will be ready should new starts arise.

Growth potential is listed at extreme. The size of the fire is listed at 35,043 acres.