Goff fire rehab begins

Rehabilitation of the area burned by the Goff fire in the Klamath River drainage near Seiad Valley has begun.

An update on the work will be provided during a public meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Monday at the Seiad Valley Fire Hall, according to Tom Mutz, ranger in charge of the Happy Camp-Oak Knoll District in the Klamath National Forest.

During the session, local residents will have an opportunity to comment and share ideas and suggestions on the Burned Area Emergency Response Plan, he said.

The Goff fire was part of the Fort Complex fires triggered by an Aug. 5 lightning storm. The fires burned a combined 23,658 acres on the Klamath and Rogue River-Siskiyou forests, including a portion of the Red Buttes Wilderness. The fires have all been contained.

Specialists on the team include hydrologists, soil scientists, wildlife and fishery biologists, engineers, foresters, archeologists and botanists. The team has been surveying the burned area by air as well as on the ground. The goal is to complete recommended rehabilitation work before the winter rains begin.

Overall, the majority of the burned area appears to have had low to moderate fire intensity with isolated areas where the fire burned more intensely, the team reports.

"The development of the BAER Plan for the Goff fire is vitally important for the current and future management of major watersheds within the Klamath National Forest," said Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham.

The team will be working closely with representatives of local, state and other federal agencies to address as many key issues as possible, she said.

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