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Friday, August 4, 2017

8/4/2017 Modoc July Complex Update

Modoc July Complex Update
Friday, August 4, 2017
Fire Information Line: 530-710-8620

Date Started: July 24, 2017          
Cause:  Lightning  
Size:  83,000 acres      
Containment: 43%
Structures Destroyed:            0        
 Firefighter injuries to date:  3        
Total Personnel: 2,457

Fire Resources:    60 crews,   177 engines,   4 helicopters,   35 bulldozers,   50 water tenders


It was a successful night for firefighters engaged in suppression on the Modoc July Complex’s Steele and Cove fires. Fires held within their containment lines and further depth in mop up was achieved. However, conditions conducive to extreme critical fire behavior are still present. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for high temperatures, low humidity, and gusty westerly winds. Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up to further secure containment lines. Additional fire resources are prepared to monitor existing fires and quickly respond to new starts. The Modoc July Complex is providing fire suppression resources in support of the Parker 2 Fire in the Warner Mountains.


The Cove Fire, near Adin, is estimated at 30,887 acres. The fire stayed within containment lines with effective work from both day and night shift firefighters that have set each other up for success. Firefighters will continue securing firelines, mopping up into the interior and holding the perimeter.


The Steele Fire, south of the Oregon/California border, is estimated at 45,720 acres. The activity was low and containment lines held the fire all the way around. Crews further secured and mopped up spot fires. Engines were sent near Steele Swamp to cool interior heat. The Lake and Rimrock fires are in patrol status.


Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for residents of Rush Creek and the northeast corner of Round Valley. The status has changed for the residents on the north side of County Road 87 and the east side of County Road 90 to a voluntary evacuation. Residents can return to their homes on county roads 87 and 90. Road closures will remain in effect; however, residents are allowed to use the roadways. Law enforcement will continue to patrol evacuated areas for safety and security.

The evacuation shelter is at the Veterans Memorial Hall, on the corner of Veterans Avenue and Bridge Street, in Bieber. Shelter number is 530-708-0051. Code Red Emergency Alert System has been launched for notifications as well. For evacuation information, call the Modoc County Sheriff’s Department Information Line at 530-233-4488.

The Modoc Animal Control Officer and High Plateau Humane Society is coordinating animal rescue with assistance from Big Valley Animal Clinic. Small animals will be sheltered at Adin Veterinarian Clinic. For all large animals, contact Animal Control at 530-640-1772.

Road closures remain in effect on County Road 87, County Road 90, Rush Creek Loop, Rush Creek Campground and Forest Service Road 40 N-41. Residents on County Road 87 and 90 may use the road. To view all Forest Service Closures, a Forest Closure Order can be found at

A community meeting will be held Friday, August 4, 2017 at 6 pm at Tulelake Newell Family Resource Center 765 Main Street, locally known as the Honker.

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