Modoc July Complex

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Modoc July Complex


Approximate Location

41.829 latitude, -120.824 longitude

Incident Overview

Thank you Firefighters

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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

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 24th, 2017 approx. 05:15 PM
LocationIncludes all of the Modoc National Forest West of Hwy 395
Incident CommanderCove: IC 4, Amanda Shoaf; Steele: ICT 4, Bernie Guthrie
Incident DescriptionWildfire Complex

Current Situation

Size83,120 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday August 16th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass, brush, and timber

Significant Events

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.


Planned Actions

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:

Unit Information

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Modoc National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
225 W. 8th St
Alturas, CA 96101

Incident Contacts

Modoc July Complex Fire Information
Phone: 530-710 8620
Hours: 8am to 8pm daily
Ken Sandusky
Phone: 530-233-8713
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