Last modified on Jul 20, 2018

Goat Fire

The Goat Fire was caused by a campfire on July 18, 2000. Located in steep, rocky terrain along State Highway 44 in Lassen County, the fire spread rapidly toward the community of Lake Forest Estates. Because of extreme fire conditions, and as a precaution, evacuations were started.

Over 1,100 fire fighting resources were called in to battle the flames which were racing through heavy timber, jumping from treetop to treetop in the form of a crown fire. The land had been owned by Roseburg Resources timber company before purchase by Sierra Pacific Industries. Roseburg had completed a thinning and chipping project in the area back in 1991. When the Goat Fire reached this thinned area flames dropped from the top (crown) of the trees to the ground where firefighters were able to attack it.

In addition to the thinned area, Roseburg had completed a 1000-foot shaded fuel break along one side of Lake Forest Estates in 1990. The fire reached within a mile of the community. Firefighters were able to safely stop the fire in the thinned forest keeping the flames out of Lake Forest Estates and saving several thousand acres of productive forest.

The Goat Fire was contained on July 19 at 1,117 acres.

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