Thunderstorms continue starting fires on Modoc NF

Map of the Lone Fire near Pinnacle Lake. Estimated at 2,592 acres the fire started following a thunderstorm on September 5, 2019. (Inciweb)

Regional map of the Lone Fire. Click for larger.

Regional map of the Lone Fire. Click for larger.

ALTURAS, Calif.—Thunderstorms moved over the Modoc National Forest as predicted on Thursday keeping fire resources busy throughout the day. Firefighters discovered 17 new wildfires on the forest.

The largest is the Lone Fire (T45N R8E Sec16), burning in grass and juniper 1.5 miles south of Pinnacle Lake. The fire was reported at 4:14 p.m. and grew quickly. At last report, an estimated 2,592 acres had burned with no containment.

Updates on this fire are found at

Most reported fires were found to be single trees and were reported contained yesterday. One other fire, the Swamp Fire (T44N R11E Sec4), discovered northwest of Ingall Swamp and southwest of Dorris Brothers Reservoir, was held at just under ten acres with 90-percent containment. Firefighters will continue work toward full containment today.

Today’s weather is expected to be clear and warm. This will increase the potential of holdover fires following yesterday’s storm. In anticipation of potentially-high fire activity, the forest has expanded its firefighting capability by bringing in additional resources including four hand crews and five engines to assist with response.

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Lone Fire Details

Cause: Lightining

Size: 2,592

Location: 1.5 miles south of Pinnacle Lake in the Doublehead Ranger District, Modoc National Forest

Fuel: Grass, brush and juniper