Initial attack crews responded to 12 new lightning fires today. The largest was about 7 acres. More thunderstorms are expected tonight and tomorrow. Holdovers from lightning strikes provide potential for new ignitions over the coming days.
The Chalk Fire that started yesterday evening in the Northwestern section of the Modoc July Complex is now at 108 acres. Crews have it lined and continue to improve it.
Fire personnel are working various fires this evening, but this will be the last night shift unless existing fire conditions change or new fire activity increase.
Fire suppression repair work is in full swing on both the Cove and Steele fires. Hand crews, dozers and excavators are being utilized to rehabilitate the fire lines and other areas impacted during firefighting efforts. The goal is to reduce erosion, and impacts from suppression activities.
The Steele Fire remains at 45,690 acres and 91% contained. The Rim Rock and Lake fires remain in patrol status and are 100 percent contained. Initial attack is currently the priority.
The Cove Fire is 100 percent contained and 38,887 acres. Initial attack remains the priority.
CLOSURES: Forest Closure Orders can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/modoc/alerts-notices.
Date Started: July 24, 2017
Structures Destroyed: 0
Firefighter injuries: 4
Total Personnel: 1,530
Fire Resources: 42 crews, 80 engines, 6 helicopters, 1=7 bulldozers, 38 water tenders