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Modoc July Complex

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

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Modoc July Complex Update, August 13, 2017

Modoc July Complex Wildfire
News – 8/13/2017


There were no new fires reported yesterday. Personnel and equipment will continue to be released from the complex today. This will be the final incident update from California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, on the Modoc July Complex. Over the next 24 hours the management of this incident will be transferred back to the Modoc National Forest. For further information and assistance, contact the Modoc NF headquarters at 530-710-8620. Information on final suppression and rehab efforts for this incident will continue to be updated on Inciweb, Twitter and Facebook.

On July 24, 2017 a storm producing significant lightning strikes created approximately 60 new fires to burn across the Modoc National Forest. Firefighters from around the Nation worked diligently to control these fires by constructing fire lines and initiating strategic fire suppression tactics. The establishment of contingency lines around fire perimeters proved to be successful. Red flag warnings were forecasted for several days, with an elevated risk for high fire activity. This created a need for additional resources and equipment. Initial attack fire crews were staged throughout the area in anticipation of new fires or continued fire growth. However, a significant amount of rainfall was welcomed by fire suppression crews which assisted with containment efforts. Mop up and fire suppression repair actions have progressed significantly and are almost completed.

We would like to thank all of the firefighters, both air and ground resources and all support personnel who have worked hard and stayed safe while keeping the fire away from communities, homes and properties threatened by wildfire.


The Steele Fire is at 45,690 acres. Suppression repairs within the Complex are being completed and resources are being dismissed.


The Cove Fire is at 30,886 acres.

CLOSURES: There is New Updated Forest Closure Orders for the Cove and Steele fire areas. These can be found at