Pacific Crest Trail Closed Due to Goff Fire
Incident: Fort Complex Wildfire
PCT Closed Due to Goff Fire
Yreka, CA - A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the Klamath National Forest has been temporarily closed north of Seiad Valley, California to ensure public safety during fire suppression activities on the Goff Fire The closure begins Saturday, August 18, 2012 and will be in effect until the wildfire is fully suppressed or the area is determined to be safe.
"We did not enter into this decision lightly," said Patricia Grantham, Forest Supervisor for the Klamath National Forest. "The eastern flank of the Goff Fire is burning along Portuguese Creek, and there is a serious possibility that the fire could spread further east-especially if a major wind occurs. It is important to provide a contingency fire line to minimize the risk of the fire spreading further east. The ridge top where the PCT is located is an ideal location for the contingency fire line."
The PCT is closed from Highway 96 at Seiad Valley to 9 miles north at Lily Pad Lake. Trail hikers and equestrians can bypass the closed portion of the trail by using a detour route along Seiad Creek Road and Forest Road 48N20 to Cook and Green Pass. At that point they can rejoin the PCT heading east. A map of the detour route, information on camping options, resupply, and public transportation is available. For more details on the PCT closure order click on the Closure tab. Information is also available by calling (541) 899 3148.