Fires in Modoc County, California grow by almost 20,000 acres

Combined, the fires have burned 39,623 acres.

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Above: Fire engines on the Cove Fire, part of the Modoc July Complex of fires in northeast California: ANF E31 and ENF E364. Uncredited/undated photo on Inciweb.

(Originally published at 9:08 a.m. PDT July 30, 2017)

The Complex of lightning-caused wildfires in Modoc County in northeast California grew by almost 20,000 acres on Saturday, bringing the total to 39,623 acres.

Most of the fires are west of Highway 395 and east of Highway 139, but the Cove Fire that had burned approximately 3,500 acres as of 2 a.m. Sunday is south and west of highway 139, nine miles southwest of Canby. It was extremely active Saturday night advancing to the southeast. Firefighters are working to create a fireline by utilizing the existing Forest Service Road 40N14.

The map below shows the locations of the fires in Modoc County, California.

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Map of the Modoc July Complex of fires in northeast California. The red lines were the perimeters at 10:30 p.m. PT July 29, 2017. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 2 a.m. PDT July 30, 2017. Click to enlarge.

One of the fires in the Complex, the Steele Fire east of Clear Lake, is currently 29,779 acres. On Saturday it crossed County Road 136 to the south, but crews and dozers were able to put a line around 75 percent of the slopover.

On Monday NorCal Incident Management Team 2 will turn over command of the fire to a Type 1 organization, the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4.

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A hose lay on the Cove Fire. Uncredited/undated photo on Inciweb.

All of the articles about the Modoc July Complex of fires can be found here, with the most recent at the top. 

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Fires in Modoc County, California grow by almost 20,000 acres”

  1. The cove grew so big because the law enforcement wanted to preserve the evidence from marijuana crop, stop full engagement

  2. Remembering August of 77 on the Modoc and Northern California. Hundreds of fires in the North state. One of the most intense lightning storms I can recall.


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