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Warner Mountain Lightning

Unit Information

Modoc National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 W. 12th St Alturas California 96101
Alturas, CA 96101

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This incident is no longer being updated.

Fires in the Warner Mountain Ranger District started after a lightning event July 23-25th. Approximately 40 fires were discovered in this area following lightning strikes. All fires from that lightning event in the Warner Mountains have been contained except the Parker 2 Fire. A different InciWeb site is available for information on the Parker 2 Fire. Visit

A second lightning event started on Sunday, August 6th. Two small fires were discovered following the storm on Sunday, but both remained very small have been contained. By 7PM Monday, there were three new fires discovered but all areas have received moisture and resources have responded. There have been additional smoke checks, but because of heavy precipitation firefighters have not located any additional fires.

The forecast remains similar for the next several days, with moisture and instability over the area causing a possibility of scattered thunderstorms. Wetting rains are expected with some storms, but strikes outside of wetting cores could result in new fires. When lightning strikes are accompanied by significant moisture, there is still a possibility of holdover fires in the future when conditions dry out and temperatures rise.

The Modoc National Forest has retained a team of 11 engines, two water tenders, a dozer, and a helicopter to respond quickly to new incidents outside of the Parker 2 area. No further updates will be provided unless there are significant developments.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 23rd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationWarner Mountain Ranger District
Incident CommanderRob Lehmann
Coordinates41.338 latitude, -120.304 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel70
Size210 Acres


Planned Actions

Firefighters will continue to patrol and maintain firelines for all fire areas. Resources will remain in place to respond to new fires, especially as thunderstorms continue.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Continued threat of thunderstorms, combined with dry fuels and potential holdovers due to precipitation from the storms, will keep firefighters vigilant for new fires.