Fort Complex Fire Update: Goff Fire Grows Near Historic Values & Highway 96

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, August 14 2012 at 6:08 PM, Updated: Mon, August 20 2012 at 1:21 PM

The Goff Fire burning about ten mile outside of Happy Camp, California has spread smoke across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Steep terrain and triple digit temperatures continue to challenge fire suppression efforts but crews may get a break from weekend showers.

At nearly seventeen percent contained and 2,639 acres,fire crews are working closer to getting control of the 'Fort Complex' Wildfire. Specialized hotshot crews are working as best they can around extreme terrain, where some slopes are 100% grade-nearly vertical. The triple digit temperatures and dry material on the ground is also adding to the problem.

The Goff fire is the largest of the three fires that make up the Ft. Complex blaze. The Lick fire burning near the Applegate Lake is the smallest and the closest to containment. The hello fire and the Fruit fire continue to bur in the Red Butte Wilderness area but fire managers are hoping that Saturday rain showers can aid in their suppression efforts. It may add to the problem if thunder storms bring more lightning this weekend. Resources are on hold as they work fire across the country. Helicopters continue to drop water on the three fires while an interagency incident management team works towards containment. Smoke is bad near the Goff Fire that's sweeping through Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Oregon DEQ has issued a smog warning through Medford and the Rogue Valley until at least Friday.

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