Seiad Valley residents ordered to evacuate

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A mandatory evacuation of some parts of Seiad Valley has been issued, as the 12,500 acre Goff wildfire is only six hours away from potential threat to private property.

According to a statement issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department Tuesday morning, residents of Seiad Creek Road, Seiad Oaks Road and portions of the west side of Highway 96 are being evacuated from their homes . Sheriff's Deputies and members of Search and Rescue and the Sheriff's Posse are going door to door notifying residents they must evacuate the area, said Sheriff's spokesperson Allison Giannini.

According to the Forest Service's online Incident Information page, residents should evacuate in less than two hours.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department will be patrolling 24 hours in the evacuated areas, Giannini said.

"At this time we do not know how long the evacuations will last, as soon as it is safe for residents to return to their homes notices will be given," she said.

During the evacuation Seiad Creek Road will be closed and possibly additional roads depending on fire behavior, said Giannini. As of Tuesday afternoon, the lightening-started Goff Fire is part of the Fort Complex, which is 15 percent contained.

An evacuation center has been established at the Siskiyou Golden Fair Ground, 1172 Fairlane Road, Yreka, California. Domesticated animals will be allowed at the evacuation center, however they will be the responsibility of the owner, there will not be staff to care for them.

The Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds will be available to house livestock of those residents that have evacuated. The Sheriff's Posse is available to assist in evacuating livestock from the threatened areas.

Management of the Goff Fire is being handled by a National Incident Management Organization, or NIMO Team. There is a current closure of the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 96 to Lily Pad lake.

For additional information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900, or the Goff Fire Information Center at (530)493-1514