Two more crews of 20 firefighters each joined the existing three crews to help keep the Goff Fire contained within the fireline and natural barriers at the northwest corner of the fire.

Although the Goff Fire was declared 100 percent contained at 22,283 acres as of 6 p.m. Sept. 10, low humidity and warming temperatures continue to encourage active fire conditions, according to a Sept. 15 press release.

The combined ground crews will focus on strengthening the containment line with helicopters providing water drops as well as resupplying the crews in the rugged terrain, according to the release.

Suppression repair work at Seiad Valley, along State Highway 96, and the Seiad Creek Road is completed. Crews also completed fire suppression repairs and hazard trees along the portion of Pacific Crest Trail between State Highway 96 and the crest.

Thompson Ridge and Thompson Creek roads on the Klamath National Forest have been reopened for public use. These roads were originally closed to help serve as containment lines for fire suppression. However the fire did not reach these roads – thus enabling the reopening.

Other existing road and trail closures inside and adjacent to the Goff Fire remain closed. A number of roads and trails have also been reopened, and the area closure lifted in the on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest side of the Fort Complex.

In addition the area closure on the Red Buttes Wilderness has been lifted. For additional information see www.inciweb.org/incident/3117/ and www.fs.usda.gov/klamath and www.fs.usda.gov/rogue-siskiyou.


Bagley Fire 95 percent contained

The Bagley Fire, south of McCloud, was 95 percent contained at 46,011 acres as of Saturday morning.

The Burned Area Emergency Response Team for the Bagley Fire is continuing its assessment of the fire area. As the BAER Team completes their assessment, information will be released on the burn severity and any recommended treatments for the area. Some of the possible treatments the BAER Team could recommend include erosion control measures, road drainage treatments and temporary barriers to protect recovering areas.

The forecasted weather over the fire Saturday was predicted to have some southwesterly winds as a weather system moves over the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 90's, possibly into the 100-degree mark in the lower elevations of the fire area.

Crews will monitor the winds and its influence on the fire area and patrol the perimeter to make sure the fire remains within its containment lines. Generally smoke on the fire is generated by deeply imbedded heat within thick duff, stump holes and large fuels, according to a report on the Inciweb site.

Fire officials are advising visitors and recreationalists using the Hawkins Landing Campground and Boat Ramp that these are the only areas that were re-opened under Amendment 2 of the Bagley Fire Emergency Closure Order No. 14-12-02. This amendment allows public access to part of the Bagley Fire Emergency Closure Area.

More information is available at: www.inciweb.org/incident/3188/


Ward Fire 100 percent contained

The Ward Fire, four miles south of Castella, was declared 100 percent contained at 550 acres as of 6 p.m. Thursday.

Fire crews are continuing to mop up the fire 300' into the perimeter and focus on fire line rehabilitation. Fire suppression rehabilitation is critical in the protection of watershed areas. The fire resulted in the loss of vegetation, exposing soil to erosion and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding and high levels of sedimentation of waterways, according to information on the Inciweb site.

Smoke from the fire may still be visible from Interstate 5 and local communities.

A forest road closure is being implemented to protect public and firefighter safety during the Ward Fire. The area will be closed to ensure that the public does not enter into an area that is currently threatened by fire or where suppression rehabilitation efforts may be ongoing. The roads will be closed due to hazardous conditions, such as low visibility, dust, narrow and windy road conditions and increased fire operations traffic.

The closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public.

See the Forest Orders and closure maps at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3260.