PATEROS — A second interagency team has taken over management of the Goat Fire near Pateros, which until Sunday had been part of the Okanogan Complex.
The 6,110-acre fire has continued to burn actively, and still to threatens five homes on Quiet Valley Road. Several other residents are warned to be ready to leave as the fire backs down a slope on the south and west sides of Alta Lake, said fire spokesman Chuck Turley.
The blaze is the only local fire that was not ignited by the Sept. 8 lightning storm, and officials are still investigating the cause, Turley said.
On Sunday, the team put hotshot crews on the northwest corner of the fire, where the blaze went across a retardant line and started heading toward Black Canyon.
He said three communications towers on Goat Mountain are still well protected.
Firefighters are getting a good handle on the rest of the fires in the Okanogan Complex.
They will continue burn-out operations on the 4,440-acre Buckhorn Fire today to burn fuels in an effort to provide a buffer for homes in the Middle Fork of Gold Creek, said fire spokeswoman Alexis West.
Ignited by helicopter, those burnout operations were very successful on Sunday, and officials expect similar success today, she said.
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