Cantrall-Buckley day-use area closes to accommodate fire camp

A Forest Service incident team is now moving into Cantrall-Buckley Park in the Applegate Valley to take over the fight of a small collection of difficult fires burning in about 600 acres in remote areas of Northern California.

The so-called Fort Complex fires include the Hello fire in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Lick fire just east of the wilderness area, and the Goff fire in the Klamath National Forest near Happy Camp. They were ignited by lightning strikes Sunday, according to the Forest Service.

The fires are in steep and remote country accessed by no roads and fire crews have to hike four to six hours to reach them, says Kerry Greene, the Klamath Forest's acting public-affairs officer.

A 51-member incident team, based in Southern California, chose Cantrall-Buckley for its base because the Red Butte fires are best accessed through the Applegate Valley, team spokesman Matt Corelli says.

Cantrall-Buckley day-use area is closed to public access until further notice. County officials said the campground remains open to the public. (Clarification: Details of the closure have been updated in this story.)

— Mark Freeman

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