9-17-2012 Information Update for Goff Fire and Fort Complex
Incident: Fort Complex Wildfire
FORT COMPLEX FIRE INFORMATION (530) 841 4451
September 17, 2012
Information Update on the Goff Fire/Fort Complex
YREKA, CA "Favorable weather conditions have helped make the last two days successful for mop up efforts and fire suppression repair along the containment line on the northwest corner of the Goff Fire" stated Mike Powell, Incident Commander for the Type 3 Incident Management Team currently managing the Fort Complex. "As a result we've been able to proceed with rotating 5 crews off the containment line and replace them with 2 Wildland Fire Modules of 10 people each" Powell stated.
Wildland Fire Modules are self sufficient units equipped to work in backcountry situations up to 7 days needing no support. These multi-skilled firefighters are specially trained for fire suppression work in backcountry areas such as the Red Buttes Wilderness where remaining fire is most active. They will focus on continued mop up, patrol, fire suppression repairs, and removal of excess equipment.
Temporary Flight Restrictions were removed Sunday evening at 6:00PM, September 16, 2012. However, aircraft pilots need to be careful flying in the Goff Fire area since helicopters are still actively flying support missions.
Forest visitors are urged to be extra careful with any activity that has the potential to start a fire. Visitors need to be aware that Klamath and Rogue River National Forests are in Fire Restrictions. Check the Forest websites below for more information or with a Forest Service station for local conditions.
Closures & Fire Restrictions: Various trail and road closures, as well as fire restrictions, will stay in place for the safety of firefighters and forest visitors. Drivers are urged to use caution, especially on Highway 96 west of Seiad Valley, CA.
On the Klamath National Forest Lily Pad Road (47N80) and Bug Creek (18N02) Road are closed. Multiple trail closures are in effect including portions of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Boundary National Recreation Trail, Fort Goff Trail and Portuguese Creek Trail. On the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 4 trails remain closed due to fire operations near Azalea Lake in the Red Buttes Wilderness. These trails include #957 Butte Fork Trail between the junctions of #954, #955, and #956 trails, #954 Shoofly Trail, #955 Fir Glade Trail, and #956 Goff Butte Trail.
People using the lower Cook and Green trail #959 should use caution in the Lick fire area and watch for hazardous conditions along the trail including burned trees and holes adjacent to the trail.
Please check the closure and fire restriction information posted on InciWeb at: www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/ , on the Klamath National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/klamath and on the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou.