HomeLocalWeekend Thunderstorms Spark Three New Fires in Modoc NFWeekend Thunderstorms Spark Three New Fires in Modoc NFWed, September 20, 2023SHARE NOW Hammered by heavy lightning, the Modoc National Forest has responded to several fire starts from overnight thunderstorms passing through this weekend. The forest service shared that three fires were discovered starting Monday.The Willow fire was discovered late Monday afternoon, contained at a quarter of an acre.The Rim fire, the largest of the three, grew to 18 acres, reported by a fire lookout on Tuesday at around 3:30, taking off near Rim Rock Springs. Fire crews, including engines, dozers, water tenders, and aircraft, responded and worked through the night. A dozer line was constructed around the fire, with crews continuing line construction around the fire this morning, strengthening the dozer lines. There is no containment on the fire, yet it has no forward progress.Lastly, the Stock Fire was also discovered by a fire lookout around the same time located NW of Wilcox Springs. Fire crews responded and constructed a line around the three-quarter acre fire and had it contained by 8:00 p.m.Updates on new fire starts can be followed through the Modoc National Forest’s Facebook page.