For Immediate Release: August 28, 2012
Contact: Scott Quinn, Director of Tribal Lands Management, 1-800-505-2785; firstname.lastname@example.org
KARUK OFFERS ASSISTANCE RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY FT. GOFF FIRE
RV Space & Grazing Land Available in Happy Camp Area
Happy Camp, CA – Today, the Karuk Tribe declared a state of emergency due to the Fort Goff Fire. The Fort Goff fire (within the Fort Complex) on the Klamath National Forest is creating a Public Health Threat in the Karuk Ancestral Territory and the health and safety of the Tribal and non-Tribal people, property and environment are being seriously impacted and threatened.
A Mandatory Evacuation has been implemented in Seiad Valley CA for residents that live on Seiad Creek Road, Seiad Oaks Road, and some portions of the west side of Highway 96 due to the threat from the Goff Fire. An emergency evacuation center has been set up at Siskiyou Golden fairgrounds in Yreka, California.
The Karuk Tribe is offering refuge for the residents of Seiad Valley that may not want to travel the 90 minutes to Yreka. In Happy Camp the Karuk Tribe has 20 RV spaces for camp trailers or tent camping. We also have large tents we can set up if necessary. Additionally, the Karuk Tribe has a 230 acre ranch available for livestock grazing. Owners will need to take care of their own livestock. Please contact Scott Quinn at 1-800-505-2785 for more information or come to the Karuk Tribe Administration Office to check-in. Any additional needs residents may have such as debilitating health conditions will be accommodated; just let us know your needs. For health questions or comments please contact Annie Smith, PHN: (530) 643-2565
According to Karuk Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery, “We’re proud to offer a helping hand to folks living in our community.”
For any resources you may need, that are not listed above please contact Chairman, Russell “Buster” Attebery: (530) 643-2625
For Immediate Release:
SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
**8/28/2012 10:30am **
The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is issuing a Mandatory Evacuation Notice to the residents of Seiad Valley that live on Seiad Creek Road, Seiad Oaks Road and some portions of the west side of Highway 96 due to the threat of the Goff Fire. At this stage the wildfire is estimated to be 6 hours away from potential threat to private property. Sheriff’s Deputies along with Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue and Sheriffs Posse are going door to door to notifying residents that they must evacuate the area. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling 24 hours in the evacuated areas. 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.
During the evacuation Seiad Creek Road will be closed and possibly additional roads depending on fire behavior.
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.
For additional information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900, or the Goff Fire Information Center at (530)493-1514, or on the internet at InciWeb: Select Fort Complex, then select the “Closures” tab or “News” tab, the Sheriff’s Department will also have current information and evacuation plans available via the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department Facebook page.
Meets fourth Thursday of each month at 5 pm
July 22 - Orleans
August 26 - Yreka
Meets second Thursday of each month at 3 pm at 6401 Second Avenue, Happy Camp (Old Headway bldg.)