News for the Week of July 29, 2021

PYROCUMULONIMBUS clouds that rose higher than 30,000 feet into the stratosphere — roughly the altitude where most commercial airplanes fly. Elaine West photo.

Smoke of fires clears, fires still active

While there are no large forest fires in Modoc County at this time, there has been a heavy blanket of smoke over the past several days. The smoke is expected to continue, but air quality is predicted to be healthy for the next few days.

From July 24-25 the air quality was at an unhealthy level in Modoc. It improved to moderate on July 26 and good as of July 27.


Most of the impact to Modoc is coming from the Bootleg Fire north of Klamath Falls. The massive fire has grown to 413,400 acres and was 53 percent contained Wednesday.

Major injuries in 2-vehicle crash

The California Highway Patrol reported major injuries in a two-vehicle accident July 22, 1:15 p.m. on State Route 299 west of County Road 68S.


According to the report, Donald Leroy Stone, Jr., 59, of Trinidad CA, was eastbound on SR299 in a 1992 Ford F250 while towing a trailer.

Modoc COVID rate steady this week

The number of COVID-19 cases in Modoc this week remained the same as last week at 573 positive results. There were no active cases nor hospitalizations and 566 recoveries.


The County remains one of the lowest in the Country as far as vaccination rates; at 36.6 percent fully vaccinated and 40.2 percent have at least one shot. The number of people vaccinated was at 3,057.

Car show parade takes Cedarville back

Many people visiting Cedarville describe the town as like traveling back in time for 50 years. Last Saturday, traffic on Main Street, would have proved that point to everyone.


At 5:30 p.m. a parade of approximately 50 vehicles drove through town. They consisted of cars and trucks ranging in age from the 1940s to a fairly new Dodge Hellcat Red Eye race car.

MMC considers opening an SV clinic

At June’s board meeting the Modoc Medical Center’s Board of Directors and CEO discussed the hospital’s strategic plan. One of the items noticed and discussed was the proposal to expand services in the county by opening a medical clinic in Surprise Valley.


Kevin Kruse

Celia Helen Olsen Anderson



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