Goff fire now burning back toward Oregon

The stubborn Goff fire, while continuing to hound residents in the Klamath River drainage, has also turned north into the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

"In about 13 places now, the fire is coming into the Rogue River-Siskiyou," said Tom Lavagnino, a veteran firefighter who is a spokesman for the task force battling the blaze. "The growth is now east and west and north.

"It's in the Red Buttes Wilderness, and will probably reburn the areas burned by the Hello and Lick fires," he added. "It's a lot drier now than it was two weeks ago."

He was referring to the other two fires in the Fort Complex fires ignited by an Aug. 5 lightning storm. Thus far, some 18,150 acres has burned, the lion's share being the Goff fire.

The 977-acre Hello fire in the Red Buttes Wilderness is 85 percent contained while the 403-acre Lick fire in the upper Applegate River drainage south of Applegate Lake is 97 percent contained. Both those fires are in the Rogue River-Siskiyou forest's Siskiyou Mountain Ranger District.

The Goff fire, 16 percent contained, continues to burn in the Seiad Valley area where residents were cautioned early this week that they might have to evacuate.

But fire officials report that firelines on the south end of the fire are holding, although the fire had reached Highway 96 at several points.

An evacuation center has been established at Siskiyou Golden Fair Grounds in Yreka. The center will have the capability to house large and small animals as well as evacuated residents.

Closures in the area include the Red Buttes Wilderness as well as a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.

About 650 firefighters are now fighting the Goff fire.

— Paul Fattig

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