The following press release is from the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team:
Current Status: Yesterday’s precipitation minimized fire behavior until temperature and winds dried out fuels. The fire became more active with single and group tree torching and moderate spotting with short uphill runs. Work continued along the Magruder corridor with structure protection pumps again being started later in the day as the fire activity increased. Crews moved to Nez Perce Pass again for safety. The northern fire line in Cayuse Creek area showed the most activity today. The eastern portion of the Gold Pan fire continued to back into the bottom Blue Joint Creek drainage and towards Jack the Ripper Creek. Some spotting occurred. Bucket drops were used again to address the spots and slow the fire’s spread. Nez Peak showed a small amount of movement to the north. Goat and Thirteen fires remain in monitor status.
Planned Actions: Actions will be similar to previous days. On Gold Pan fire, work will continue along roads to keep travel routes clear. Buildings have been wrapped and sprinkler systems are in place on bridges and other wooden structures. Crews have completed contingency lines and will work to improve these lines ahead of the fire spread. Actions to slow the fire spread between current fire edge and contingency lines will be taken as opportunities allow. Helicopters with buckets will be used on the leading edge of the fire in the Blue Joint drainage as well as other active areas as long as conditions allow.
Closures: The road closure order was adjusted Monday, August 26, on the southern boundary of Closure Area B to allow public access to Deer Creek trail #139. See InciWeb and the Bitterroot National Forest Website for up-to-date Forest Closure map for specifics.
Weather: Today is forecast to be the driest day for the next few. Possible thunderstorms could occur late this evening. Wednesday more thunderstorms with rain are expected. As storms pass through the area there are still likely to be some higher gusts of wind which could increase the fire’s spread. There is no significant long-term relief in the forecasted fire weather conditions.