Wednesday, August 15 2012, 10:48 PM CDT
Fort Complex firefighters get back-up
By Krystle Henderson/KTVL.com
APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. - The Fort Complex fires burning near the Oregon-California border are growing fast and now managers are adding crews, trying to get a handle on the flames.
"The conditions are becoming more adverse," Rick Johnston with the U.S. Forest Service said. "It takes a lot of people to fight these fires."
The Goff, Hello and Lick fires make up the Fort Complex which scorched 3,450 acres by Wednesday.
The fire danger will climb to extreme on Thursday which means fire crews will have an even tougher fight.
"Higher temperatures mean drier fuels, makes it tougher to the control fire," Johnston said.
Firefighters are closing in on the Lick fire which is now 75 percent contained but the Goff fire is really taking off, burning 2,313 acres with zero containment.
More than 100 firefighters were added to the manpower Wednesday, plus more engines and helicopters joined in the fight.
"Because of the remote locations of the fire and the rough terrain, more helicopters allow us to transport personnel more quickly and allows the helicopters to bring water in the form of bucket drops to help support the troops on the ground as they build fire lines," Johnston said.
Fire managers aren't sure yet if they'll continue to bring more firefighters or equipment on board in the future.
Another big concern is the threat for lightning in the extended forecast. The U.S. Forest Service says it has special protocol to get crews to safer locations if thunderstorms develop.