Modoc National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 W. 12th St
Alturas, CA 96101
Alturas, Calif., Aug. 4, 2017 – At approximately 2 p.m. yesterday the Parker 2 Fire was reported north of Parker Creek (T 42N R 14E Sec 23). It is currently estimated at 1500 acres. Smokejumpers, Hotshot crews, engines and heavy air support were quickly dispatched to the scene.
The fire was initially reported as five acres and by 7 p.m. had grown to more than 500 acres. From the origin of the fire north of Parker Creek and the intersection of the Deep Creek Road (Forest Service Road 31) and the West Warner Road (Forest Service Road 5), it moved northeast from the confluence of Parker Creek and Dry Creek. Due to unstable atmospheric conditions, the fire behavior was very intense with torching, crowning and numerous spot fires.
Ground resources had poor access to the fire due to limited roads in the area. A Forest Service bridge across Middle Fork Creek burned yesterday, which will further hinder firefighter access. Helicopters and tankers worked quickly to try and slow the fire spread and knock down some of the heat so ground crews could work safely.
Firefighters were able to evacuate a group of hikers from the South Warner Wilderness on the Summit Trail utilizing a Cal Fire helicopter. The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office has issued a closure for the following areas: County Road 56 at Forest Service Road 31, Deep Creek Road, Pepperdine Campground, the Summit Trail south from Pepperdine and Granger Road at Forest Service Road 42N51.
All of the South Warner Wilderness will be closed along with other portions of the Warner Mountain Ranger District. Closure order maps will be posted on the Modoc National Forest website later today.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for gusty winds and low relative humidity levels between 1-9 p.m. today. Additionally, a Fire Weather Watch will be in place tomorrow for possible abundant lightning. Nor Cal Interagency Incident Management Team 2 has been ordered to manage this incident. They will be in-briefing at 1600 today.
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