Modoc National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 W. 12th St Alturas California 96101
Alturas, CA 96101
ALTURAS, Calif.— August 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Today, crews on the southwestern corner of the fire continued direct line construction toward the Happy Camp Lookout. A green island of unburned vegetation around Cat Hill continued to burn today, but posed no threat to containment. Winds from the southwest helped push the fire back into itself, and aided crews who were working on containment lines directly along the fire’s active edge. Construction on dozer and hand line has been completed north along the Rose Canyon Road to the Calfire station, and contingency line has been completed along the private timber line east to further protect that land, should it become necessary. The fire was most active today on its western/northwestern side, crossing road 41N17. Crews are working to hold it south of County Road 84. The fire passed through the Cottonwood Campground this afternoon with fairly low intensity. Last night, crews used favorable conditions to burn along Forest Road 42N07 to the Loveness Road in anticipation of stronger winds pushing in that direction overnight. Containment lines along Highway 139, west of Canby, and along Highway 299 are holding well, with crews mopping up and patrolling carefully for heat in advance of the predicted increased winds.
The Fire Weather Watch previously issued for tomorrow has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning due to low humidity and increased winds.
Motorists should expect quickly changing conditions on Highway 299 and on roads within the fire area. Piloted traffic and temporary closures can be expected. The most updated conditions are available from Caltrans at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or by calling 1-800-GAS-ROAD.
Mandatory evacuations and road closures are remain in effect for County Road 84 and County Road 85.
For more information and a photo gallery of the fire, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6148