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Sunday, August 6, 2017

8/6/2017 Modoc July Fire Complex Update

Fire Information Line: (530) 710-8620
Date Started: July 24, 2017    
Cause:  Lightning          
Size:  83,001 acres          
Containment: 65%
Structures Destroyed: 0          
Firefighter injuries:  4  
Total Personnel: 2,727
Fire Resources:    67 crews,   193 engines,   4 helicopters,   22 bulldozers,   51 water tenders

As of 6 p.m. on August 5, CALFIRE has moved out of unified command on the Modoc July Complex fire. California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 remains in place to manage the fires.

Firefighters were staged and ready to fight last night with the forecasted lightning, however none
came. Lower temperatures and higher humidity up to 55 percent helped crews make great progress in
continuing their mop up and holding firelines.

Despite the good news, firefighters know they are not out of the woods yet. Today, there is a very
high potential for thunderstorms this afternoon, and although it will bring rain, lightning can
still ignite fires. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect due to the possibility of abundant
lightning, low humidity, high temperatures, and erratic winds. Initial attack resources are
prepared to respond to any new fires that  might start.

The Modoc July Complex is also providing fire suppression resources in support of the Parker 2 Fire
in the Warner Mountains, which is under command of NorCal Team 2. For the latest information on the Parker 2 fire, call (530) 276-8097.

The Cove Fire, near Adin, is estimated at 30,887 acres. Firefighters gained further depth interior
in their mop up and will continue to patrol, mop up, and hold the perimeter today.

The Steele Fire, south of the Oregon/California border, is estimated at 45,690 acres. Firefighters
improved their firelines and continued mopping up to extinguish any heat adjacent to the
containment lines and further interior. The Lake and Rimrock fires to the west of the Steele remain
in patrol status.

Evacuation orders were lifted for the area impacted by the Modoc July Complex as of 9 a.m. August
5. The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office urges people to still be mindful of fire equipment and
operations in the area.

CLOSURES:  Forest  Closure  Orders  can   be  found   at

The latest Modoc July Complex Information can be found at: or at

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