Wilderness hiking trails reopen in vicinity of Fort Complex fires

Fire crews have left the burn area, though helicopter patrols continue

The trails temporarily closed in the Red Buttes Wilderness because of the Fort Complex fires have all been reopened.

Staffs at the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Klamath national forests have lifted the closures that were put in effect because of safety concerns shortly after the lightning-caused fires started Aug. 5.

The fires, including the Goff, Lick and Hello fires that burned a combined 23,658 acres, have all been contained.

The trails reopened in the wilderness within the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou forest include the Butte Fork Trail, Shoofly Trail, Fir Glade Trail and the Goff Butte Trail. In the Klamath forest, closures had included portions of the Pacific Crest Trail.

While the firefighters have largely left the area, helicopters continue their patrols to ensure nothing rekindles in the interior of the burn area, officials said.

Visitors also are reminded that the fires have left hazards in the form of burned snags and holes in the burned forest floor that are difficult to spot.

"If you plan on visiting the area, please be careful of the hazards that now exist," warned acting district ranger Ian Reid. "Hopefully we'll see a change in the weather soon and can put this challenging fire season behind us."

For additional information, check out www.inciweb.org/incident/3117.

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