Posted: Jul 29, 2013 9:09 AM by MTN News
HAMILTON - The Gold Pan Fire is now burning nearly 8,700 acres with officials saying most of the new fire activity is in the northeast side near Horsejaw Mountain.
The fire is still about ½ mile from the historic Magruder Ranger Station and is burning in timber on both sides of the Selway River. Fire crews have completed the protection measures at the Magruder Ranger Station.
The blaze prompted officials to close the Magruder Road Corridor which is closed at Nez Perce Pass on the Montana/Idaho line to Observation Pass.
A Type 2 Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team is taking over the fire on Monday morning. Three 20-person crews and one helicopter are assigned to the fire as well as a fire crew working with structure protection at the Magruder Ranger Station.