MEDFORD, Ore. -- The U.S. Forest Service is planning to hold meetings in Seiad, Calif., and Ruch this week as crews battle fires in the Klamath National Forest and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
The fires started on Aug. 5 after a lightning storm move through the area. The Fort Complex fires consist of the Hello Fire in the Red Buttes Wilderness area; the Lick Fire, five miles east of the Red Buttes Wilderness area; and the Goff Fire in the Klamath National Forest. Both the Hello Fire and Lick Fire are in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
So far, the fire complex is approximately 908 acres in size and is only 7 percent contained. The Goff Fire has burned 379 acres. The Lick Fire has burned 200 acres and the Hello Fire has scorched 329 acres, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service.
The national wildfire incident page says the fire is a creeping fire and is occasionally wind driven. The fires are burning brush, timber and timber litter.
Fire crews are dealing with difficult terrain which are hampering their control efforts.
U.S. Forest Service has closed roads and trails in the the Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forest and the Klamath National Forest.
In the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest:
- Forest Road 1040
- Shoofly Trail 954 from Road 1040 to Trail 957
- Butte Fork Trail 957 from junction with Horse Camp Trail 958 west to Azalea Lake
- Horse Camp Trail 958 is closed form Forest Road 1040 south to the junction with Pacific Crest Trail
In the Klamath National Forest:
- Fort Goff Trail
- Portugese Creek Trail
Forest Service officials are advising drivers to use caution while driving along Highway 96 between Interstate 5 and Happy Camp, Calif., and along the Upper Applegate Road in Oregon. Firefighters along Highway 96 are battling the Goff Fire. Fire aircraft and vehicles are moving along Upper Applegate Road to support efforts against the Lick and Hello fires.
Officials have scheduled two public meetings. The meeting in Seiad will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the Seiad Fire Station. The meeting for the Ruch and Applegate community will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Upper Applegate Grange Hall.