Modoc NF July Complex & Gulch Fire Update - 8:00 am

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The Modoc July Complex fires are located on the Modoc National Forest, scattered throughout the Big Valley, Doublehead, and Devil’s Garden Ranger Districts. They are being managed by Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (NorcalTeam 2).The Gulch Fire is located on the Devil’s Garden Ranger District, outside of Canby, California. It is being managed jointly by Norcal Team 2 and CAL FIRE.


Modoc July Complex
Detected: Tuesday July 1, 2014 9:04 p.m.

Cause:  Lightning

Fuels:  Brush

Estimated Total Size: 1,650

Committed Resources: Approximately 446

Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0


While some increased fire activity was observed yesterday morning, firefighters, aided by aircraft, were able to hold containment lines throughout the windy afternoon. Firefighters worked overnight to strengthen and improve control lines, and to monitor all the fires in the complex. Low intensity burning was observed in the interior areas of the Dalton Fire and the Lake Fire as vegetation inside the fire perimeter continued to ignite. The Dalton Fire, the largest of the approximately fifteen associated with the July 1 lightning strikes, is about 1.200 acres and 50% contained. The Dobie Fire, at 450 acres, is 100% contained. The Lake Fire, near Pinnacle Lake, is estimated at 70 acres and 50% contained.


A Red Flag Warning has again been issued for high winds and low relative humidity between 2 and 8 pm. Firefighters will work today to address interior heat, improve firelines, and mop up. Fire crews are standing by to respond to any new reported fires, should they occur.


Gulch Fire

Detected: Thursday July 3, 2014 3:46 p.m.

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Fuels: Grass, brush, juniper

Estimated Total Size: 1600 acres

Estimated Containment: 40%

Committed Resources: Approximately 295

Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0


Fire behavior moderated through the night as the temperature and winds decreased. Crews have completed line around the fire, but there is still a considerable amount of unburned vegetation inside the containment lines and active fire will likely be visible for several days. An approximate 4.5 hour power outage occurred around midnight last night due to power pole damage in the Gulch Fire area. Residents of Canby, Adin, the Lookout Ranchettes, and Day were affected. Power has been restored.