Fort Complex fires see slight growth
The three wildfires burning just across the Oregon border in Northern California have been 7 percent contained as of early this afternoon.
The Goff, Hello and Lick fires — together called the Fort complex fire — have grown to 246, 296 and 174 acres respectively, according to fire officials.
The Goff fire is burning near the Happy Camp Oak Knolls Ranger District in the Klamath National Forest. The Hello and Lick fires are in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near the Siskiyou Mountain Ranger District.
"It's pretty isolated. We don't have any structures threatened," said Kate Kramer, public information officer for the interagency containment team.
Crews have staged at Applegate Valley's Cantrall-Buckley Park because the California fires — burning in rugged terrain — are more easily reached from the Oregon side. About 530 personnel are fighting the blazes. The crew includes six engines, four water tenders, one dozer, 18 hand crews, eight helicopters and an air tanker for use on the Lick fire.
One crew member suffered a laceration which required 14 stitches, the only major injury reported so far.
U.S. Forest Service Road 1040 is closed and Shoofly Trail No. 954 is closed from Road 1040 to Trail No. 957. Butte Fork Trail No. 957 is closed from the Horse Camp Trail junction west to Azalea Lake. Horse Camp Trail No. 958 is also closed from U.S. Forest Service Road 1040 south to Pacific Crest Trail junction.
In the Klamath National Forest, the Fort Goff and Portuguese Creek trails have both been closed at the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District.
The Pacific Crest Trail remains open.
— Ryan Pfeil