Updates from the Modoc Ntl Forest Following Recent Wildfire and Lightning Storms


Modoc National Forest News and Notes June 7-14, 2024

ALTURAS, Calif., June 7, 2024-The U.S. Forest Service-Modoc National Forest received several lightning strikes with light to moderate precipitation on June 6, 2024 Fortunately, the lightning struck areas with green fuels or snow on the ground. Modoc National Forest Fire personnel are prepared should any wildfires occur. The fire danger ratings are currently low to moderate.

Update on the Valley Fire: the incident is now 100% contained controlled, and in patrol status. The latest report indicates that there is no smoke or heat in most of the fire’s interior. Crews will continue to check the incident periodically until it is called out. The Valley Fire started on May 21 and burned 536 acres.

Our forest Engineering Department requests that if you observe trees blocking roads or washed-out roads due to spring melt from this past winter’s storms, please notify us so that our crews can inspect and make repairs.
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Obsidian season will begin on Saturday, June 29 this year, and permits will be available starting Thursday, June 27 at the Modoc National Forest Supervisor’s Office. The obsidian season will go through September 2, 2024. The open areas for collecting will be Needles, Middle Fork Davis Creek, and Rainbow. Currently, Pink Lady is inaccessible. If the roads dry out, permits will include Pink Lady. Otherwise, Pink Lady will remain closed for collecting until road conditions are favorable to prevent damage.

Camping season is underway, and all campgrounds on the Modoc National Forest are currently open, except for Cave and Lily Lake on the Warner Mountain Ranger District, as well as the Medicine Lake Recreation Area and Campgrounds on the Doublehead Ranger District. These areas will remain closed until the snowpack disappears. It’s important to take note of Forest Order 9-24-01, which outlines camping limitations and restrictions. These restrictions are in place to minimize potential damage to the forest by prohibiting long-term or semi-permanent occupancy on national forest service lands within the Modoc National Forest. A copy of the Forest order is available at the Modoc NF Supervisors Office in Alturas, the District offices, and posted at the open campgrounds. The order can also be found on our Modoc

National Forest Web page under the recreation link.

We kindly ask all our visitors to be responsible when enjoying the forest and to show respect for the land, animals, and the people around them. If you have garbage and there are no trash bins around, kindly pack out what you have packed in. As the summer season continues, the forest may see an increase in visitors. This also brings with it things that are out of our control. Remember to lock your vehicles when you are not around them and store your food properly. Please recreate responsibly

The Modoc National Forest is currently seeking a Campground Host for the summer season at Medicine Lake Recreation Area. Apply at Volunteer.gov or call Brad Phelps at our Doublehead Ranger District Office for more details.