Only one of Fort Complex fires remains active

Although two of the three blazes in the Fort Complex have been largely contained, the stubborn Goff fire in the Klamath River drainage continues to grow.

The Goff fire has burned some 5,300 acres and is 15 percent contained. It is now about three miles from Seiad Valley, a hamlet of about 350 people along the river.

"Our first priority is the protection of the Seiad Valley community," said Mike Ferris, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman for the fire in the Klamath National Forest.

"A lot of our focus and attention is to reinforce the fire line around the southeast flank of the fire where it has the potential to come down and threaten the community," he added. "The work is all hand line because there is no opportunity to use dozers."

Despite several other larger wildfires burning in northern California, there are ample crews available to battle the Goff fire, Ferris said.

"We're getting the resources we need," he said Friday. "We had three hot shot crews come in this morning."

The three additional 20-person crews, all from California, boost the number of firefighters assigned to the blaze to nearly 450. There are also eight helicopters, nine fire engines and four water tenders assigned to the fire.

A structure protection unit is on hand in the event the fire approaches the community. Wildland firefighters are reinforcing the fire line behind the community, he noted.

There are 85 homes and 10 outbuildings in the hamlet, he said.

The 403-acre Lick fire high in the Applegate River drainage and the 977-acre Hello fire in the Red Buttes Wilderness are no longer active, officials said.

The Lick is 97 percent contained while the Hello is 83 percent contained. Both those fires are in the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger district of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

All three fires were ignited by an Aug. 5 thunder storm.

— Paul Fattig

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