Fort Complex fires see rapid growth

The three Fort Complex fires close to the Oregon-California border have grown to nearly 1,800 acres total, fire officials said.

The fires, caused by August 5 lightning strikes, are about 10 miles northeast of Happy Camp, Calif. They are about 7 percent contained. The Goff Fire has grown to 965 acres, the Hello Fire to 464, the Lick Fire to 357.

Fire information officer Duane Lyon said consistent wind and steep terrain, which makes it difficult for crews to access the blazes, contributed to their rapid growth, much of which occurred Sunday.

"The Klamath River corridor is right adjacent to that fire, so we can expect daily diurnal winds," Lyon said.

There are 488 personnel fighting the fires. Crews are still using helicopters to assist.

Closures still in effect because of the fires include U.S. Forest Service Road 1040 to Trail 957, Butte Fork Trail 957 from the Horse Camp Trail junction to Azalea Lake, and Horse Camp Trail from Service Road 1040 to the Pacific Crest Trail junction.

The Fort Goff and Portugese Creek trails are still closed in the Klamath National Forest.

The Pacific Crest Trail is still open.

Public meetings about the fires are scheduled for Aug. 13 at Seiad, California and Aug. 14 in Ruch.

— Ryan Pfeil

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