Fires burning across 83,000 acres throughout Modoc County have forced 150 people to evacuate and drawn an emergency declaration from Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Modoc July Complex fires, sparked by lightning July 24, was the most active Friday at the 45,728-acre Steele fire, which advanced through the juniper and brush just south of the Oregon border between Clear Lake Reservoir and Goose Lake.
The Cove fire near Adin, 67 miles north of Susanville, grew to 30,887 acres, said Kathy Arnoldus, a Modoc fire information officer.
Modoc County officials lifted a mandatory evacuation notice but advised residents of a rural community near Highway 299 to be prepared to leave if the fire direction changes.
In another of Northern California’s eight separate fires, Quincy residents braced for more choking smoke that has enveloped the area since Saturday, when the Minerva fire started in a heavily timbered area 3 miles to the south of the Plumas County seat.
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