News for the Week of August 6, 2020

FIREFIGHTERS survey the Caldwell Fire, which burned in the Lava Beds area. A lot of the terrain looked just like what this shows. The fire also got into the high-quality timber areas. Forest Service Photo

July Complex fires at 97% containment

The Caldwell fire was started by lightning July 22 near the Lava Beds National Monument and as of August 5 had burned 80,859 acres. Including the other fires in the Modoc National Forest’s July Complex, Allen and Dalton, the total burned acreage is 83,261, Dalton 1,367 and Allen 1,035 acres. Total containment is 97 percent, with full containment expected by August 22.

Residents only have been allowed to return to private cabins around Medicine Lake.

Gold Fire under control at 22,634 acres

On Tuesday the Gold Fire had burned over 22,634 acres, but was 95 percent contained. The fire started south of Adin at State Route 139 and Lassen County Road A-2 July 20, 2:12 p.m. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted.

Modoc has 4 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Modoc Public Health Director Stacy Sphar said Modoc now has four COVID-19 cases and the department is continuing to investigate for possible spread. She said the community is being helpful.

As of August 4, Modoc has tested 1,138 people for COVIF-19, with four positives, 1,101 negatives and 34 pending.

MJUSD on unsure track for August 19 opening

While the schools in the Modoc Joint Unified School District have confirmed they will open on August 19, there are some loose ends to tie up.

“We will be meeting with Modoc Public Health Friday to determine what things will look like when we return,” said MJUSD Superintendent Tom O’Malley on Tuesday. “We are still a go for August 19 and will be following the state guidance for schools.”

Those regulations stress wearing of facemasks, social distancing and other personal hygiene protocols. Adding to the situation decision Modoc now has four confirmed cases of COVID-19.


Robert Elwood Smith

Dorothy Bentley

Christopher A. Klich


No fall sports a MHS

Modoc High School Principal Brian Norby is pleased the school will be offering school in-person August 19.

“More than 90 percent of students in California will be in school everyday, all day via a virtual online classroom,” he said Tuesday. “Thankfully, Modoc will be offering a quality education in person, as we are not on the County watch list that would force us to offer a distance learning program.”
“We were just informed last night by the State Public Health Department that they decided there will be no youth sport competitions for the fall,” Norby said. This includes high school sports.”

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