Modoc National Forest moving back to local fire management
The Modoc National Forest would like to thank Nor Cal Team 2 and California Team 4 for their expert work in containing numerous wildfires on the forest in the last month. As they pack up and head home, Modoc personnel are reassuming responsibility for the Steele, Cove, Parker 2 and numerous other small fires, along with initial-attack protection for your entire 1.6 million-acre Modoc National Forest.
The Cove and Steele fires are now under the management of local Type 4 organizations, and the Parker 2 will return to local management at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Folks may still see smoke coming from these fires as unburned islands are consumed within containment lines.
Updates will be provided as fire behavior dictates.
Fire-safety Public Use Restrictions and three fire-area closure orders remain in effect and are found on the internet at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/modoc/alerts-notices.
Lightning activity caused 104 wildfires on the Modoc National Forest beginning July 23, 2017. A Type II incident management team was ordered and assumed command at 6pm on July 25. On July 31, California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 assumed command of the fire.
On August 8, lightning struck 66 times throughout Modoc County, causing 12 new lightning fires, the largest being the Chalk Fire at 108 acres, which crews continue to work.
The Modoc July Complex now is at 83,120 acres. To date, there have been no structures destroyed. Suppression repair crews continue to mop up and repair containment lines.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 05:15 PM|
|Location||Includes all of the Modoc National Forest West of Hwy 395|
|Incident Commander||Cove: IC 4, Amanda Shoaf; Steele: ICT 4, Bernie Guthrie|
|Incident Description||Wildfire Complex|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday August 16th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Grass, brush, and timber
There continues to be a chance of holdover fires as the fuels dry under the afternoon sun. Elevated winds speeds are anticipated with any thunderstorm buildup. Active fire behavior is expected if a fire were to become established in this area. The overnight humidity recoveries will be in the moderate range which will help mitigate any fire behavior issues.
Continue to mop up, secure the division and continue suppression repair. Backhaul excess equipment.
|Projected Incident Activity|
The transition between the Forest and the incident management team is now complete.
For closure order details see the forest update at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/modoc/alert-notices