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An Inside Look At the Modoc July Complex Fire

Lightning activity caused 104 wildfires on the Modoc National Forest beginning July 23, 2017.  Two days later the Modoc July Complex Fire had a name and the attention of firefighters up and down the state of California and across the nation.  

Covering over 83,000 acres, the Modoc July Complex Fire proved challenging in many ways for fire crews.  Rough terrain and unusual weather patterns kept the over 2,300 firefighters on high alert trying to suppress and contain the fire.  

Cal OES spent a week chronicling the efforts both on the fire lines and inside the Command Incident Post to bring you an Inside Look at the Modoc July Complex Fire.   

You can view our video on or on our Cal OES YouTube channel or our Facebook page.



Bryan May

Bryan May is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to joining Cal OES in 2017, Bryan spent 30 years as an Emmy award winning television anchor and reporter.

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