Modoc National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 W. 12th St
Alturas, CA 96101
Alturas, Calif., Aug. 5, 2017 – Gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidities late yesterday afternoon fanned the Parker 2 Fire, now approximately 7862 acres.
By yesterday morning, the fire had slopped over Forest Service Road 31 near Middle Fork Parker Creek for approximately 400 acres. The Middle Fork Parker Creek bridge was burned, making access through the fire area even more difficult. Firefighters worked to secure the slop over and maintain an anchor point at the heel to keep the fire from wrapping around behind them. Private landowners were escorted into the fire area near the slop over and were assisted with hearding their cattle out of danger while fire conditions were quiet.
Later in the afternoon fire behavior became very active making it unsafe for ground crews. Air support from helicopters and air tankers was used to slow the fire progression, but eventually it began spotting toward Granger Canyon then jumped Forest Service Road 31 just north of Pepperdine Campground.
Last night, two strike teams of engines prepared structures on County Road 27 in Granger Canyon as the fire backed down the Granger Creek drainage. The Modoc County Sherriff has issued a voluntary evacuation for Deep Creek Canyon and south to Granger Canyon, west of County Road 1. A crew and dozer worked on the west side of the fire near Parker Creek to protect a structure and the North Fork Parker Creek bridge.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the area today from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. for abundant lightning in dry fuels with strong, outflow winds. Crews will be staged to assist with initial attack fires should it become necessary.
For information on the Parker 2 Fire, call the Parker 2 Fire Information line at 530-276-8097 or visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5462/.
For information on the Modoc July Complex, call the July Complex Fire Information line at 530-710-8620 or visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5415/.
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