Modoc County fires update for August 7


MODOC COUNTY, Calif. - Several fires continue to burn in Modoc County including the Parker 2 Fire, the Cove Fire, and the Steele Fire.

The Parker 2 Fire is currently 7,992 acres and is 15 percent contained.

The most active part of the Parker 2 Fire overnight was the northeast corner, where the fire continues to spread slowly through the timber. However, light precipitation fell overnight, minimizing fire behavior in the early morning hours. Crews continued to work directly in the Willow Canyon area, and to build and improve dozer lines on the ridge just north of Deep Creek Road, trying that line into existing roads where possible.

On the east side of the fire, crews continued improving line below the power poles west of Cedarville, and south to Granger Canyon. Officials plan to contain the fire as close to its active edge as possible.

The weather pattern Monday is predicted to be similar to Sunday, with possible heavy rains, thunderstorms, and outflow winds possible as clouds gather this afternoon. A Red Flag Warning is in effect again Monday. The low-pressure system sitting over California is expected to linger in the area through at least Wednesday.

A forest closure remains in effect for the fire area. Voluntary evacuations remain in effect for structures from Dry Creek south to Granger Creek west of County Road 1.

Information, photos, and maps for the Parker 2 Fire can be found here.

The Modoc July Complex Fires has burned 83,001 acres and are 77 percent contained.

Rainfall over many portions of the fire helped limit fire in some areas yesterday, though it will not take long for the fuels to dry out again and become susceptible to ignition with sunny conditions.

There was significant recovery of humidity levels up to 85 percent near the Cove Fire, however only a fraction of that on the Steele Fire which remains extremely dry. Low humidity levels and high temperatures will return this week.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Monday for abundant lightning from noon to 8 p.m. Gusty, erratic winds are also expected, accompanied by outflow winds up to 30 mph as a result of thunderstorms passing.

The Steele Fire, south of the Oregon/California border, is estimated at 45,690 acres and 57 percent contained. Firefighters continue to improve fire lines and mop up to extinguish any heat adjacent to the containment lines and further interior. The northeastern edge of the fire has the highest potential for fire growth because of incoming southwest winds.

The Cove Fire, near Adin, is estimated at 30,887 acres and is almost 100 percent contained. About half inch of rain fell over the Cover Fire area Sunday and three lightning-caused fires were confirmed in the afternoon. Initial attack resources staged nearby responded quickly and contained two of the fires. The third will be worked Monday.

Information, maps, and photos for the Modoc July Complex Fires can be found here.

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