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Modoc July Complex Dominated by Pyro Plumes and Fire Weather


Aug 15, 2017 3:29 pm

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.  The one overarching factor was the weather: weather created by the fire itself including something called Pyrocumulous.

If you’d like to learn more about the Modoc July Complex fire:

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Want to learn more about the pyrocumulus formation:

Time-lapse of Pyrocumulus Formation

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Building A Fire Camp Overnight: “People Are amazed At How Fast We Can Mobilize”


Aug 14, 2017 3:45 pm

Despite being one of the largest counties in California, Modoc County has less than 9,000 residents.  Hotels are few and far between in this rural county, so when over 2,000 fire personnel were assigned to battle the Modoc July Complex Fire, housing and logistics were an immediate challenge.

Almost overnight, the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, along with officials from the US Forest Service, Cal Fire, Cal OES and other cooperators came together to build an incident command post which eventually became home to the thousands of men and women assigned to the fire.

“This (camp) will go up from the time on scene to within 24 hours or less and you’ll have a fully functioning camp,” said Patrick Titus, Operations Section Chief.  “You’ve got to go for life support first,” Titus continued.  “What I mean … continue reading »


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An Inside Look At the Modoc July Complex Fire


Aug 11, 2017 3:07 pm

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 OESNews.com or on our Cal OES YouTube channel or … continue reading »


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Modoc July Complex in Pictures


Aug 8, 2017 8:00 am

Thunderstorms are a welcome relief when rain is needed for crops, but when the lightning comes without the rain, wildfires often become the result. Such is the case with the Modoc July Complex fire. Lightning hit the ground on July 24th and the fire was born. The Steele and Cove fires were the most threatening in Modoc July Complex. The Cove Fire became plume-dominated which by each evening had generated cloud-to-cloud lightning and increased winds as a result of the intense heat buildup and atmospheric conditions. Extreme fire behavior in the form of fire whirls and spotting caused the fire to further advance southwest towards a pre-established dozer line near County Roads 90 and 87. High temperatures, low relative humidity, and forecasted west winds also allowed the fire to grow to more than 83 thousand … continue reading »


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