Modoc Nation RX Tribal Burn

Yreka, CA- CAL FIRE will assist the Modoc Nation in reintroducing healthy fire on their private land southeast of Lower Klamath Lake on Oct 8, 2023, depending on weather conditions as well as resource availability. The proposed prescribed broadcast burn is planned for 336 acres to reduce fine fuels and help reduce invasive weeds. Chico State School of Agriculture will monitor effects and report results.

The project will be separated into manageable sections that will be burned when climate conditions are optimal ensuring control, limiting escape, and minimizing impacts to air quality. If there are any indications the burn cannot be conducted in a safe manner, such as high winds or other fire activity, the burn will be rescheduled.
The prescribed burn will start at approximately 9:00 A.M. and be completed by 7:00 P.M. Residents
should expect to see smoke during the burn operations throughout the Lower Klamath Lake.

The Prescribed burn will:

  • Bring fire back to the landscape and in turn bring back to its natural state.
  • Improve wildlife habitat, watershed value and range improvement.

Project Description:

  • Descriptive location: Southeast of Lower Klamath Lake just west of Sheepy Ridge
  • Total acreage: 336 acres
  • Planned ignition date: October 8, 2023, weather permitting
  • Duration of ignition: Daytime only for 1 day to complete project acres.
  • Duration of smoke production: 1-4 days
  • Area of smoke impacts: Tulelake, CA, Dorris, CA and Merrill, OR depending on wind direction.

CAL FIRE engages in fuels reductions work and fire prevention activities year-round. This project is in collaboration and cooperation with the landowner. To track the progress being made, both in your community and throughout California, visit the CAL FIRE fuels reduction dashboard at

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