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Fork Fire

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

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The Fork Fire in the South Warner Wilderness is a full suppression fire being managed using tactics that will have a low impact and maintain wilderness character. The fire has burned 39 acres of primarily dead and downed fuels. Fire activity has been minimal as the fire slowly consumes surface fuels.

Over time the amount of heavy downed fuels on the ground, along with the proliferation of white fir trees has greatly increased the amount of fuel available to wildfire. This large quantity of fuel could increase the intensity of a fast moving fire and cause severe damage to the soils, trees and watershed. The Fork Fire will help reduce the dead and down fuel loading and improve wildlife habitat. The results are expected to promote long-term ecosystem integrity, sustainability and reduce the damage of high-severity wildland fires for the area in the future. The fire will also help reduce the amount of white fir trees encroaching on the ponderosa pines and shading out the quaking aspen trees.

Smoke will be visible from the Alturas area, coming from the burning of heavy interior fuels. Personnel on scene are managing the fire to ensure it stays within desired containment lines. Updates are provided on this site as relevant information develops.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 30th, 2019 approx. 06:17 PM
LocationMiddle Fork Parker Creek, South Warner Wilderness, Warner Mountain Ranger District
Coordinates41.427 latitude, -120.25 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size39 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber litter