One of Fort Complex fires nearly contained

Firefighters continue to battle the Fort Complex of fires and nearly have brought the smallest of the three fires to heel.

The Lick fire high in the Applegate River drainage is 95 percent contained and today crews started to repair any damage fire suppression caused, fire officials reported in today's update posted to, a fire information website. Fire lines have held and the fire is nearly out inside those lines.

Line construction around the Hello fire in the Red Buttes Wilderness is nearly complete. It is considered 25 percent contained. Active burning is only in the understory, burning brush and other light fuel in a manner experts say enhances forest health and doesn't damage large trees.

The Goff fire in the Klamath National Forest's Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District is burning through brush under larger trees, too. The fire is now 15 percent contained, with active flames on the northern edge of the fire, the afternoon update reported. A weather station has been installed to monitor temperature and wind speed and direction in the immediate fire area. Additional crews and helicopters are being directed to this fire as needed.

About 665 people are assigned to the complex of fires, which this afternoon totaled 4,140 acres and was 35 percent contained.

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