News for the Week of September 17, 2020

Beautiful hummingbirds can be found in Modoc County if you're lucky enough to see one. Photo by Lea Huetteman.

Modoc now has 23 COVID cases

Modoc County now has 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Modoc Public health Department. There are three active cases and 20 recovered. Public Health reports 2,242total tests with 2,198 negative and 21 pending.

Cold Springs fire out as of Tuesday

The Cold Springs Fire in the south Warner Mountains was declared 100 percent contained and no longer active as of Tuesday morning. The fire burned 84,817 acres. It was started by lightning August 18 about 11 a.m.

Fire danger remains high in the west and public agencies are continuing restrictions.

CDFW extends land closures through Monday, Sept. 21

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has extended closures on 49 properties that lie within or immediately adjacent to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) boundaries through Monday, Sept. 21. The closures were put into place on Saturday, Sept. 12 due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions.

Man arrested for starting Adin fire

A Reno man was arrested last week after the wheel bearings in a travel trailer he was towing failed, starting three separate fires along Highway 139 south of Adin in northern Lassen County.

According to details released by the Lassen-Modoc Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, a Cal-FIRE law enforcement officer arrested the man for starting the “139 Fires” one-mile south of Adin.


Gerald Amos Gates

Arthur St. John


Wild horse gathering nets nearly 200 horses

As of Wednesday, the Modoc National Forest reports over 160 Devil’s Garden Wild Horses have been captured in the latest gathering effort.

The appropriate management level of 206-402 adult wild horses in the territory was designated by the 2013 management plan. This finding is based in the “best-available science” and meant to support the thriving ecological balance required by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The current over population affects all other uses, including rare and threatened native wildlife and the economy of Modoc County.

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