9-13-2012 Information Update on Fort Complex and Caribou Fire
Incident: Caribou Wildfire
Information Update on Fort Complex and Caribou Fire
YREKA, CA- Firefighters continued efforts to strengthen the containment lines around the northwest corner of the Goff Fire which is located in the Red Buttes Wilderness managed by Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The goal is to create a 50 foot deep containment line to help minimize the risk of fire spreading. Late afternoon fire activity increased in the northwest corner of the fire generating a noticeable column of smoke. Ground crews are coordinating efforts with helicopter water drops to cool down the fire activity. Two crews of 20 firefighters each are camping overnight nearby in order to gain an early morning start on continued mop up and strengthening of the containment line. Suppression repair work continues at Seiad Valley, CA along State Highway 96 and the Seiad Creek Road.
Patricia Grantham, Forest Supervisor for the Klamath National Forest, announced the reopening of two trails that had been closed because of the Caribou Fire . The fire, discovered September 3, 2012, is near Snowslide Lake in a portion of the Trinity Alps Wilderness managed by the Klamath National Forest. The 40 acre fire is 90% contained and no longer poses a threat to safety of trail users. The closed portions of Caribou Lake Trail (Forest Trail 5455) and Old Caribou Lake Trail (Forest Trail 5467) will be re-opened to public use as of 8:00AM, September 13, 2012.
Forest visitors are urged to be extra careful with any activity that has the potential to start a fire. The Caribou fire is an example of the increase in number of person caused fires. Suppression of these new fires requires commitment of firefighters and equipment which could otherwise be working on suppression of large fires that are consuming hundreds of acres per day. With firefighting resources stretched to the limit forest visitors need to be aware that Klamath National Forest is in Fire Restrictions. Check the Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/klamath/ or with a Forest Service station for local conditions. Please call (530) 841-4451 for fire information.
Closures & Fire Restrictions: Various trail, road. area closures, and 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.
Thompson Creek (18NO1), Thompson Ridge Road (19NO1), Lily Pad Road (47N80) and Bug Creek Road (18N02) are closed on Klamath National Forest. 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. 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. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in effect.
Siskiyou County air quality information: http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us The Klamath and Rogue River -Siskiyou National Forests are in fire restrictions. Forest visitors are reminded to use care while in the Forest and check the Forests' websites at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/klamath/ or http://www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou or with a Forest Service station for local conditions.