Seiad Valley prepares for evacuation as Goff fire grows

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a 12-hour evacuation notice for the community of Seiad Valley, warning resident there is a chance they may have to leave their homes because of the growing Goff fire.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department is knocking on residents' doors this morning to inform them that the fire is approaching the community and advising them to prepare to leave when the next warning is given. About 350 people live in the vicinity.

A shelter has been established at the Siskiyou Golden Fair Grounds, 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka, Calif.

A community meeting was held last night at the Seiad Fire Hall to share information on the current status of the Goff fire. Fire managers and Siskiyou County officials discussed the current fire behavior, tactics, strategy, as well as the structure defense and evacuation plans, the Forest Service reported.

The Goff fire has burned 11,712 acres in the Klamath River drainage and is 15 percent contained. Smoke from the fire continues to pour smoke into interior southwest Oregon.

Additional resources have been ordered to assist with fire suppression and structure protection efforts.

Southwest winds this afternoon, with possible gusts up to 20 mph, are likely to push the fire and embers towards the northeast, causing potential spot fires, the Forest Service reported. While the wind pattern will push the fire away from private property, the fire is expected to continue to back downhill due to rolling burning material. Hand crews and engines are in place along the Seiad Valley Road to provide structure protection as needed. Firefighters will continue to assess private property and make preparations to protect homes. Firefighters will use strategic firing operations only when necessary to strengthen containment lines, the Forest Service said.

On the west side of the fire, crews are working to secure containment lines. The fire is expected to move towards the saddle between Horse Peak and Tim's Peak. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal on this side of the fire as southwest winds should keep the fire from pushing through the saddle, the Forest Service reported.

Closures in the area include the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 96 to Lily Pad lake. For complete closure information, check out

The fire in the Klamath National Forest was one of three fires in the Fort Complex fires triggered by a lightning storm on Aug. 5. All told, that complex covered nearly 13,100 acres.

Both the 977-acre Hello fire and the 403-acre Lick fire have been largely contained. They are in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

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