Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Modoc July Complex update for August 9

By the end of Tuesday’s shift, 12 new lightning-caused fires were identified with the largest contained at 11 acres. Firefighting crews positioned throughout the Forest along with coordinated efforts between Modoc Dispatch and the Modoc July Complex operations staff provided for quick resource responses to smoke reports. Aircraft pinpointing exact locations to the resources en route, additionally providing water and retardant support, gave firefighters the advantage of engaging these fires aggressively, effectively and — most important — safely.

The 108-acre Chalk Fire started August 7 and crews have a line around it and will secure, mop up and patrol the fire today.

With drier conditions to start the day combined with a Red Flag Warning for abundant lightning, holdover fires have potential to grow and new starts remain likely. Firefighters will focus their efforts on securing the current fires and prepare for new starts. Fire suppression repair work is in progress, personnel and equipment are rehabilitating firelines and other areas impacted during firefighting efforts. The goal is to reduce erosion and other impacts from suppression activities.

The Steele Fire is estimated at 45,690 acres and remains 91 percent contained. Crews are continuing to secure firelines, mop up and further control sections of interior heat.

The Cove Fire is at 38,887 acres and remains at 100 percent containment. Firefighters will continue their efforts to keep the fire within its containment lines.

CLOSURES: Forest Closure Orders can be found at
Date Started: July 24, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Size:  83,109
Containment: 91%
Structures Destroyed: 0
Firefighter injuries: 4
Total Personnel: 1,530
Fire Resources:    42 crews,   80 engines,   6 helicopters,   17 bulldozers,   38 water tenders

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