Goff Fire Update for Sept. 1, 2012
Incident: Fort Complex Wildfire
Falling snags and rollout of burning material down steep slopes are ongoing challenges on the fireline.
Command of the Fort Complex has been fully transferred to California Interagency Incident Management Team 3. Operations are currently focused on containment of the Goff Fire. A second base camp is being established at the Hart-Tish Campground at Applegate Lake to support fire suppression on the north end of the Goff Fire.
SOUTHERN & EASTERN PERIMETERS - At 5:00 PM Friday evening, all Seiad Valley residents were able to return to their homes after the Siskiyou County Sheriff's evacuation order was fully lifted. The mandatory evacuation had affected approximately 80 homes along Seiad Creek Road, Seiad Oaks Road, and portions of the west side of Highway 96. Firefighters are continuing to secure structures and fireline in this area, with holding, mop up and patrol operations on the southern perimeter of the fire along Highway 96 and the eastern perimeter along Forest Road 48N20.
NORTHERN PERIMETER - The fire has been holding along the northern perimeter in areas of rock screes within the Red Buttes Wilderness. Fire personnel scouted this part of the fire yesterday to evaluate the potential for future growth and control strategies.
WESTERN PERIMETER - Four hotshot crews working on the western flank of the fire made progress using direct attack yesterday. They were supported by three heavy airtankers which dropped retardant to slow the fire, allowing ground crews to work in very difficult terrain. Two of these crews were flown in by helicopter to the northwest section of the fire. These crews camped overnight in a safe location near the fireline and will continue using direct attack today. Air support will also continue on the west side of the fire as visibility has improved with less smoke.
Closures & Fire Restrictions Multiple trail closures are in effect including portions of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). A new closure was also issued yesterday for the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest. Please check the closure information posted on InciWeb at: www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/ , on the Klamath National Forests website at: www.fs.usda.gov/klamath and on the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou.
Goff Fire Summary: Size: 18,091 acres Containment: 16% Date Started: August 5, 2012 Cause: Lightning Injuries-to-Date: 8, with other minor injuries. Impacts: A smoke advisory has been issued by Siskiyou County - http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us Other Fires: No movement is expected on the Resources: 26 engines, 15 water tenders, 17 hand-crews, 11 helicopters Lick, Hello and Fruit Fires. More detailed wildfire information is available on the internet at www.inciweb.org. The Klamath National Forest is in fire restrictions. Forest visitors are reminded to use care while in the Forest and please check the Forest websites at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/klamath/ or with a Forest Service station for local conditions.