Contact Us

Gold Pan Complex Expands to More Than 37,000 Acres, More Expansion Into Montana Over Weekend

Gold Pan expansion
Photo courtesy of inceweb.org

The Gold Pan Complex fires burning in southwest Montana have grown to more than 37,000 acres.

“Right now the fire is at approximately 37,138 acres,” said Incident Management Team Public Information Officer Kimberly Nelson. “The Gold Pan is sitting at 36,173. The other acreage is from the Nez Peak fire and the other little fires that we have going on. Right now we are really taking action on the fire that is within the wilderness boundary by doing point protection. What that means is that we are wrapping or setting sprinkler systems on existing infrastructure such as cabins, bridges, signs… those sorts of things.”

Crews are also removing snags and debris from roadways to ensure safe travel for emergency vehicles. At the moment, the area is still closed to the public.

An expansion chart of the fires released over the weekend (Saturday, August 24), reveals that the newest areas of the fires’ expansion has been to the north and east, toward and over the Idaho-Montana border.

Rains occurred over the weekend and, although helpful, were too little to push back the fire. Nelson said that a fire season ending event is needed and would require, “snow on the mountain peaks.”

Nelson also said they have struggled to receive resources for the fire because it is mostly in the wilderness and is not an immediate threat to homes, like the Yosemite and Lolo Creek Complex fires. It is still considered a low priority.

Right now, there are about 276 personnel fighting the Gold Pan Complex. So far, these fires have cost more than $ 9.7 million.

Kimberly Nelson:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

Best of AM 1450 KMMS

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kmmsam.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The 1450 Delegation quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The 1450 Delegation contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.