Fire Sparks Evacuation Notice

, Posted: Mon, August 27 2012 at 6:24 PM, Updated: Mon, August 27 2012 at 7:00 PM

The smell of smoke permeates the air in Seiad Valley, where residents may be forced to evacuate.

As the Goff fire -- one of the 3 Fort Complex fires --- gets dangerously close to homes, a 12 hour evacuation notice is underway for 300 residents in Seiad Valley.

Last night the Goff fire crossed the Pacific Crest Trail fire line.
"When it jumped that, people got really excited because there's so much timber in there, it hasn't burned since the 1950's," resident Ed Smith tells us.

The Goff, part of the Fort Complex fires south of Applegate Lake in Northern California has already burned almost 12 thousand acres.

Now it threatens 85 homes, including Ed Smith's. "It's scary," continues Smith, "It can get down here in a short distance."

Jim Betts, of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department tells us,
"It's the terrain, the steepness of the terrain causes rollouts."

Fire crews are currently working to beat back the slow burn, but there's no guarantee. Many residents are packing up. Celia Furness is collecting her valuables, "Photos, documents, heirlooms, those types of things."

The fire is only 15% contained.Sheriffs and fire officials are helping residents load up their livestock.

Even Ed Smith, along with his Jack Russell Fred Henry, are getting prepared. "Well I've got six pairs of underwear packed right now, so I'll be alright."  Alright, no matter what happens.

An evacuation center is now in place at the Yreka fairgrounds for people and their livestock.     

As of Monday, August 27 Highway 96 is not closed.

Be sure to stay with NBC5 news for the latest updates on this fire,  evacuation proceedings, and all the fires now burning in our area.

(photo courtesy of viewer Dawnetta Cortez-Spence)


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