Goff fire threatens Seiad Valley homes

Fire crews battling the Goff fire in Northern California spent Wednesday monitoring several homes that were threatened by the massive blaze burning in wildlands in the Seiad Valley.

"There was no real wind (Wednesday), so the fire burned more slowly," said Fort Complex fire spokesman Brian Haines.

Haines said evacuated residents were escorted in and out of their properties by sheriff's deputies.

No homes have been damaged by the massive blaze, Haines said.

One positive aspect of the fires is they are burning up brush that sits on the forest floor that could fuel large fires in the future, Haines said.

"The fire is helping clean out forest fuels, which actually might end up doing some good," Haines said.

The fire reached containment lines Wednesday morning, coming within a few hundred yards of structures along the west side of Seiad Creek Road and Highway 96 in Seiad Valley, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

The fire is expected to move across Canyon Creek toward the West Fork Seiad Creek over the next 24 hours. Firefighters are stationed along Seiad Creek Road and Seiad Oak Road to protect homes and property, fire officials said.

Structure protection crews continue preparations along Seiad Valley Road to protect homes and other buildings. Firefighters are burning selected areas when necessary to strengthen containment lines.

Fire crews will continue to monitor the homes in the area until the fire has retreated to a safe distance, Haines said.

On the west side, the fire is expected to move across the ridge between Fourmile Butte and Tims Peak and north toward Mount Emily. Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines.

On Tuesday, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office issued a six-hour notification for mandatory evacuation. The notice included closure of Seiad Creek Road, Seiad Oaks Road and some portions of the west side of Highway 96. An evacuation center was established at Siskiyou Golden Fair Grounds, 1172 Fairlane Road, Yreka, where large and small animals can be housed as well.

For additional evacuation information, call the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office at 530-841-2900, or the Goff Fire Information Center at 530-493-1514, or visit inciweb.org/incident/3117. The Sheriff's Office also has current information and evacuation plans available via its Facebook page.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471, or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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