News for the Week of September 12, 2019

THESE WILD horses are heading into the capture area on Devil's Garden.


Modoc’s Lone Fire contained at 5,737 acres

According to the Modoc National Forest, containment of the 5,737 acre Lone Fire has reached 92-percent. The fire was burning on Devil’s Garden south of Clear Lake. 

The current type-3 management team transferred command of the fire to a type-4 team at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The incoming team is a smaller organization formed to manage incidents of a lower complexity.

Smoldering fuels within the perimeter are expected to produce smoke for a few more days. The fire was expected to be contained yesterday.

Wilderness fire grows to 12 acres

The Fork Fire, burning in a remote area of the South Warner Wilderness, had grown to 12 acres this week. Firefighters and resource advisors are on scene managing the Fork Fire as it slowly consumes dead and downed trees.

Forest Service details Devil’s Garden wild horse gather 

On Tuesday 24 horses were gathered from the Logan Slough trap site on the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory. This included 12 mares, six studs and six foals.

In remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, USDA Forest Service will hold off sending press releases or posting to social media on 9/11. Thursday’s update will be shared as usual on Thursday morning.

Forest personnel would like to invite the community to the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals every Sunday at 9 a.m. during the gather for an open house and tour. The corrals will be open to tours on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. as well.

Balloonfest Dinner Saturday

The Alturas Hot Air Balloon Fest is this weekend and the annual Dinner in the Park, organized by Alturas Rotary Club, is open to the public on Saturday, September 14, serving from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., followed by the colorful nightglow from tethered hot air balloons in Veterans Park, So. Main St., Alturas.


Junior C ‘Pete’ DeWitt

Truman Eugene Lawson

Josephine “Josie” Smelcer

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In velvet . . .

THIS BIG buck roams the east side of Alturas and seems pretty comfortable in town. Jim Porter took its photo just outside his house.


Bears’ big 4th quarter plays doom Modoc

Two big plays by the Mt. Shasta Bears in the fourth quarter Friday night doomed the Modoc Braves, who lost the non-league game 20-14.


Modoc faces Portola here Friday night to open league play and coach Dominic Budmark believes they will move into the win column. He was not displeased with the team’s effort against Mt. Shasta and feel they are moving in the right direction, even with the 0-2 start. 

Braves sweep Lost River netters

Modoc’s varsity volleyball went to Lost River last Thursday and swept the Raiders by scores of 25-15, 25-21, 25-12.


Modoc junior varsity beat Lost River 25-10, 25-10 and 25-16. 

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