Monday, July 31, 2017

July 30 Warner Mountain fires update

Warner Mountain fires holding as heat wave approaches

Alturas, Calif. – Firefighters continue to make good progress on the Warner Mountain fires. Record-breaking temperatures are expected to hit the area Tuesday through Thursday with slight chances for new thunderstorms. A greater threat of thunderstorms is predicted for Thursday onward.

Fire-suppression efforts will focus on containing remaining active fires before predicted lighting arrives. Firefighting resources may also stage in the area to maintain capacity for initial attack of any new fires as existing Warner Mountain fires continue to be contained, controlled and called out.

There was no reported growth of any of the remaining active fires, but some smoke may still be visible because they contain heavy fuels that are more difficult to extinguish. All fire activity is well within containment lines in the Warner Mountains.

The Cantrall Fire located west of Cherry Creek has held at 230 acres and is 70 percent contained. The West Fire near Blue Lake is still at 64 acres and is now 90 percent contained. The Jim Fire is 13 acres and 40 percent contained.

Public Use Restrictions remain in effect on the Modoc National Forest. Fire Restrictions limit use of open flame, charcoal fires, smoking and operation of internal combustion engines outside of designated campgrounds.The official Forest Order and supporting fire-safety PUR documents will be found on the internet at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/modoc/alerts-notices.

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