Wildfire Season Kicks off in Modoc with Valley Fire- Maintains at 536 Acres



 Smoke columns are visible over Jess Valley as Firefighters with the Modoc National Forest battle the growing fire, however the smoke near the Valley Fire in the south Warner Mountains are not from revigored flames. The Modoc National Forest says crews were conducting controlled burns today off the road to secure fire containment lines further. 

The fire had grown from 466 acres to 536, with no new growth overnight Thursday. The Forest Service said there are no threats to the wildland or structures.


Just barely entering the fire season, a 466-acre wildfire burned in the Modoc National Forest yesterday. Named the Valley Fire, Sparking just after 2pm and quickly scorching 70 acres in the South Warner Mountains in the Jess Valley is no longer threatening the forest or structures. Firefighters with the National Forest Service established fire lines late yesterday afternoon, strengthening them throughout today.

Forest officials say that as the region is coming into fire season soon, it’s crucial to be prepared and have a defensible space around your homes and campsites when recreating. You’re reminded to clean up around your campfire rings and have a shovel and water at the ready.
This incident serves as a timely reminder of the importance of vigilance and preparedness as fire season approaches.