The Modoc National Forest has a new emergency fire closure for the Parker 2 Fire, which was started by lightning Thursday afternoon, Aug. 3, in the Parker Creek area of the Warner Mountains.

The fire quickly grew to 1,500 acres while exhibiting “extreme fire behavior... with running, spotting, and torching,” according to information reported Friday afternoon at

To view the full Forest order, visit the Modoc National Forest website:

"Residents and visitors on the forest should be aware of the potentially dangerous fire conditions and increased fire vehicle traffic on roadways," according to fire officials. "High temperatures and possible thunderstorms are forecast for this week. Please monitor weather and fire activity while planning a trip to the Modoc. Fire safety restrictions are in effect for the entire Forest."

The Modoc has experienced active fire since July 23 when lightning strikes began hitting dry fuels.

The Modoc July Complex, which was started by lightning July 24, had grown to 83,000 and was 43 percent contained as of Friday morning, Aug. 4.

It was reported today that July Complex evacuation orders are now in a voluntary status for Rush Creek, the northeast corner of Round Valley, and county roads 87 and 90.

“Road closures have been lifted and residents may return home but the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office urges people to be mindful of fire equipment and operations in the area be prepared to evacuate if the need arises, according to an update posted at