Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Modoc County today “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.”

A day earlier, Modoc County proclaimed a local emergency, in part because of “extreme peril to the safety of persons and property... caused by wildland fires including but not limited to the July Complex – Cove Fire.”

As of midday Wednesday, Aug. 2, the Modoc July Complex had grown to 73,735 acres and was 35 percent contained, according to information posted at:

Started by lightning on July 24, more than 2,000 personnel were involved in the effort to stop the fires burning in grass, brush and timber throughout the Modoc National Forest west of Hwy 395.

High temperatures and low humidity are continuing and some areas are difficult for crews to access.

The Cove Fire, northwest of Adin, doubled in size and grew by more than 11,000 acres according to information posted on the InciWeb page; and mandatory evacuations were issued for Rush Creek.

Hwy 299 was threatened but remained open. A shelter was open at Bieber Memorial Hall.

As of Wednesday morning, the firefighting effort included 52 crews, 131 engines, 4 helicopters, 30 bulldozers, and 15 water tenders.

Numerous fires were also started by lightning in the Warner Mountains in Modoc County July 23. They experienced significantly less activity than the July Complex because of higher elevation, larger and less receptive fuels, and rain that came with thunderstorms, according to a Modoc National Forest update Wednesday morning.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, the Warner Mountain fires were reported at 210 acres with 118 personnel involved.

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