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8/4/2017 - Modoc July Complex Fires Continue to Rage
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As of August 3, the Modoc July Complex fires have burned 80,365 acres and are 40 percent contained. Officials said two firefighters have been injured while fighting the fires but are both expected to recover fully.
Firefighters worked through the night on the Steele and Cove fires, actively burning in the Modoc July Complex.
Fire crews made extensive progress advancing containment lines as more favorable weather conditions, such as an increase in relative humidity, created opportunities to further secure line.
Firefighters will remain vigilant and take appropriate suppression action as high temperatures, low fuel moistures, and relative humidity is expected again with the possibility of thunderstorm activity in the Lassen and Warner Mountain area producing gusty, erratic outflow winds.
These factors all contribute to the high resistance to control these fires have demonstrated.
The Cover Fire near Adin grew 10,000 acres yesterday but remained quiet overnight and now is estimated at 28,739 acres total.
Firefighters mopped up along the north edge to further secure containment lines.
Crews completed and secured a containment line around a large spot fire in the southeast towards Adin that burned into lighter fuels which made line construction and containment easier.
Crews patrolled and held containment lines to the southwest and west and were aided by winds that blew the fire back in on previously burned areas.
Constructing, securing, and patrolling containment lines as well as mopping up are a priority for firefighters in anticipation of upcoming weather events.
The Steele Fire, just south of the Oregon/California border, is estimated at 45,533 acres and remained relatively quiet overnight, with the exception of increased activity on the northeast side.
A spot fire that was estimated at 300 acres Wednesday evening grew to 3,000 acres and crossed Crowder Flat Road.
Crews constructed control lines around the entire spot and have put in a hoselay to assist with mop up to keep the fire within containment lines.
Crews will improve and patrol constructed fire line today as the light fuels outside of containment lines can ignite and carry fire quickly.
The Lake Fire and Rimrock Fire are secure and will continue to be patrolled.
Initial attack resources are in place to respond to new starts that may ignite from the forecasted thunderstorm systems expected today.
The Modoc County Sheriffs office issued a mandatory evacuation notice for the Rush Creek area, the northeast corner of Round Valley, the north side of County Road 87, and the east side of County Road 90.
The evacuation shelter is at the Veterans Memorial Hall, on the corner of Veterans Avenue and Bridge Street in Bieber.
For more information on evacuations, call the Modoc County Sheriffs Department Information Line at 530-233-4488.
The Modoc Animal Control Officer and High Plateau Humane Society is coordinating animal rescue with assistance from Big Valley Animal Clinic.
Small animals will be sheltered at Adin Veterinarian Clinic.
For all large animals, contact Animal Control at 530-640-1772.
County Road 87, County Road 90, Rush Creek Loop and Rush Creek Campground are closed.
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