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Monday, August 7, 2017

8/7/2017 Modoc July Complex Fire Update

Date Started: July 24, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Size:  83,001
Containment: 77%
Structures Destroyed: 0
Firefighter injuries: 4
Total Personnel: 1,888

Fire Resources:    42 crews,   103 engines,   5 helicopters,   26 bulldozers,   46 water tenders

Rainfall over many portions of the fire helped limit fire in some areas yesterday, though it will not take long for the fuels to dry out again and become susceptible to ignition with sunny conditions.

There was a significant recovery of humidity levels up to 85 percent on the Cove Fire area, however only a fraction of that on the Steele Fire which remains extremely dry. Low humidity levels and high temperatures will return this week.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued today for abundant lightning from noon to 8 p.m. Gusty, erratic winds are also expected, accompanied by outflow winds up to 30 mph as a result of thunderstorms passing.

The Steele Fire, south of the Oregon/California border, is estimated at 45,690 acres and 57 percent contained. Firefighters continue to improve firelines and mop up to extinguish any heat adjacent to the containment lines and further interior. The northeastern edge of the fire has the highest potential for fire growth because of incoming southwest winds.

The Cove Fire, near Adin, is estimated at 30,887 acres and at 100 percent containment. About a half inch of rain fell over the Cove Fire area yesterday, and three, lightning-caused fires were confirmed in the afternoon. Initial attack resources staged nearby responded quickly and contained two of the fires. The third will be worked today.

CLOSURES: Forest Closure Orders can be found at

Download the Modoc July Complex Morning Update here.

Download the latest Modoc July Complex Map here.
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