The Goff fire in the Klamath River drainage in California grew to some 18,100 acres by noon Friday, and continues to spew smoke into Jackson and Josephine counties.

The Goff fire in the Klamath River drainage in California grew to some 18,100 acres by noon Friday, and continues to spew smoke into Jackson and Josephine counties.

However, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department has lifted its evacuation notice issued Tuesday. Several roads which were closed by fire-fighting operations also have been reopened.

Containment remains at 16 percent, fire officials said.

Protecting homes in Seiad Valley remains the top priority, firefighters stressed, although noting that they are now mopping up and working to hold the fire north of the valley and Highway 96.

Travelers on Highway 96 can expect some delays in areas where pilot cars guide traffic through areas affected by the fire.

Seiad Valley is about 20 air miles south of the south end of Applegate Lake.

The fire, ignited by a lightning storm on Aug. 5 in the Klamath National Forest, is burning largely toward the north and has entered portions of the southern tip of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in California.

Some 650 firefighters along with 24 engines and a dozen helicopters continue to battle the stubborn blaze.

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