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.
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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 »
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Modoc County due to the effects of several fires which have burned tens of thousands of acres, threatened homes and critical infrastructure, including power lines, and caused the evacuation of residents.
The full text of the proclamation is below (see Governor’s Press Release – https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19899):
PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS on July 24, 2017, several fires began burning in Modoc County as a result of lightning strikes, which together have burned tens of thousands of acres of land, and continue to burn; and
WHEREAS these fires are threatening homes and agricultural property, necessitating the evacuation of residents and requiring emergency shelters to be established; and
WHEREAS these fires are threatening power lines and other critical infrastructure and have forced the … continue reading »
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of California to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from February 1 to February 23, 2017.
Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Sacramento, San … continue reading »
Montague, CALIF. – Summer heat is already hitting Northern California, which is intensifying the effects of the ongoing and historic drought. Today, the Governor’s Interagency Drought Task Force met with local government officials from the North State to hear first-hand how the drought is affecting their towns and counties.
Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, & Tehama County government officials, water managers, agricultural commissioners and local tribe leaders gathered at the Montague Community Hall to share their current mitigation efforts and how the state can continue to partner with them to make sure swift response to public safety, public health and ecological concerns.
“Meeting face-to-face with local leaders and having open dialogues with those who are experiencing extremely harsh drought impacts is really helping us … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2013) – Small, nonfarm businesses in 13 California counties and four neighboring counties in Oregon are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that occurred June 18 – August 12, 2013, in the following primary counties,” announced Alfred E. Judd, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.
Primary California counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity;
Neighboring California counties: Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sonoma and Tehama;
Neighboring Oregon counties: Curry, Jackson, Josephine and Klamath.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Judd said.
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