Work continues on Fort Complex fires

Local teams are set to take over the management of the Fort Complex fires on Tuesday.

Only one fire — the Goff fire in the Klamath National Forest — of the three fires in the complex continues to grow, officials said in recent updates.

The Goff fire is still spreading, with creeping flames torching individual trees, officials reported on, a fire information website. However, the fire isn't racing through treetops. Firefighters are reinforcing fire lines and dropping water from helicopters.

The fire is pushing north and has closed the Pacific Crest Trail near Seiad Valley, Calif.

The Lick fire just a few miles south of Applegate Lake is 97 percent contained and crews are repairing damage caused by fire suppression activities. They have chipped the brush that was cut, officials said.

On the Hello fire in the Red Buttes Wilderness, crews are seeking out smoldering material immediately inside the fire line and repairing damage from fire suppression activities.

The complex is considered 41 percent contained today, with full containment expected by Aug. 30. However, the potential for the fire growing remains high, officials reported today. It has burned 5,632 acres so far.

InciWeb reports that 571 people are working on the fire. A local fire management team from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is learning from the current incident team and will take over the Lick and Hello fires Tuesday. A Klamath National Forest team will take over the Goff fire management with extra resources and help from a national incident management team, InciWeb reports.

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