CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit

The Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit is located in the northeastern part of the State, consisting of Lassen, Modoc, Plumas and portions of Shasta, and Siskiyou counties. There are a total of 1.6 million acres within the Direct Protection Area of the Unit with an average elevation of 5000'.

Vegetation ranges from ponderosa pines, lodgepole pines, and mixed firs along the west side of the Unit, to sage brush, oaks, and annual grasses mixed with juniper in the desert to the east.

Logging, correctional institutions, and recreation are the major economic contributors to the region. Recreation, although seasonal, flourishes during the spring and summer months.

The Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit works closely with other agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, Lassen National Forest, Modoc National Forest, Plumas National Forest, State Department of Fish and Game, Transportation, Highway Patrol, and county and city agencies.

Hot Topics

- August 5, 2015

IMG_2949 small“We just wanted to thank you for the work you do and thought you might like to see the machine in action.  Thanks for all your hard work!”  Paula and Norbert Trucks.  (Photo of Copter 202 dipping water from the Rockwell Ranch)

A Little Structure Training
- June 24, 2015

Fitrainrefighters from the Alturas and Bieber Stations of CAL FIRE got together this morning, before temperatures rose into the upper 90’s, to get in a little structure fire training using the Intermountain High Desert Operations Training Trailer. Staff were on hand from the CalPines Fire Department to run firefighters through the specially designed trailer. Training included interior attack, rescue by the Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC), rescue by ladder, roof venting, and much more.

CAL FIRE responds to over 5,000 wildland fires that burn an average of 198,00 acres each year. In addition, Department personnel answer the call over 400,000 times for other emergencies including structure fires; automobile accidents; medical aids; swift water rescues; civil disturbances; search and rescues; hazardous material spills; train wrecks; floods; and earthquakes.

Where to Get a Burn Permit
- April 23, 2015

Effective Friday, May 1, 2015 the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Lassen – Modoc – Plumas Unit will begin requiring dooryard burning permits for residential burning on State Responsibility Area Lands. To obtain a burn permit, visit one of the following locations:

Modoc County

CALFIRE Alturas Station – Alturas
CALFIRE Deer Springs Station – CalPines
USFS Supervisor?s Office – Alturas
USFS Big Valley Ranger District – Adin
USFS Doublehead Ranger District – Tulelake
USFS Warner Mountain Ranger District – Cedarville
BLM Alturas Field Office – Alturas
BLM Surprise Valley Field Office – Cedarville
Likely Fire Protection District – Likely

Lassen County

CALFIRE Bieber Station – Bieber
CALFIRE Susanville Station – Susanville
CALFIRE Westwood Station – Westwood
USFS Supervisor?s Office – Susanville
USFS Eagle Lake Ranger District – Susanville
USFS Hat Creek Ranger District – Fall River Mills
BLM Eagle Lake Field Office – Eagle Lake
Spaulding Fire Department – Spaulding
Herlong Volunteer Fire Department – Herlong
Standish-Litchfield Fire Protection District – Standish
Janesville Fire Protection District – Janesville

Plumas County

USFS Supervisor?s Office – Quincy
USFS Almanor Ranger District – Chester
USFS Mt. Hough Ranger District – Quincy
USFS Beckwourth Ranger District – Blairsden
USFS Feather River Ranger District – Oroville
Beckwourth Fire Protection District – Beckwourth
Peninsula Fire Protection District – Lake Almanor
Chester Fire Protection District – Chester

Burn Permits Required May 1, 2015
- April 23, 2015

Susanville ? Effective Friday, May 1, 2015 the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Lassen – Modoc – Plumas Unit will require dooryard burning permits for residential burning within Lassen, Modoc, and Plumas Counties.

Burning permits are required from May 1, 2015 to midnight June 30, 2015 for all residential burning on State Responsibility Area Lands.

  • Burning can only be done on permissive burn days. To find out if it is a permissive burn day, contact your local Air Pollution Control District (APCD).
    • Lassen County – (530) 257-2876 or 257-BURN
    • Modoc County – (530) 233-6401 or (530) 640-2900
    • Plumas County –
      • Portola: (530) 832-4528 Quincy: (530) 283-3602
      • Greenville: (530) 284-6520 Chester: (530) 258-2588
  • At midnight June 30, 2015, a burning suspension will go into effect until the end of the declared fire season or until lifted by the Unit Chief.
  • Only natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned
  • Household garbage may NOT be burned
  • Do not burn on windy days
  • You cannot burn in a burn barrel unless you have received authorization from your APCD
  • Burning can only be done during permissive times.

Burn hours for Lassen County are as follows:
May 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015 – Open Hours
June 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 – 5 a.m. to Noon

Burn hours for Modoc County are as follows:
May 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015 – Open Hours
June 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 – 7 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Burn hours for Plumas County are as follows:
May 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015 – Open Hours
June 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 – 5 a.m. to Noon

  • You must have a signed permit in your possession while you are burning and you are responsible for maintaining control of your fire at all times.
  • Possession of a permit does not protect you if your burn escapes. You are still liable for any suppression costs.
  • If a burn escapes your control, you should seek help immediately. Wildfires can spread very quickly. A fast response from the fire department can reduce suppression cost considerably. Remember, you may be billed for suppression costs, so the sooner you seek help the better the outcome may be.
  • Simple common sense can greatly reduce the chance of an escape. If you don’t feel it’s safe to conduct a burn, then don’t.


Annual Refresher Training
- March 20, 2015

Sierra Army Depot Fire DepartmentFirefighters from the Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit of CALFIRE gathered on March 17-19th for their annual refresher training; including emergency  medical services, radio use and hazardous materials.  Training included a presentation by the Sierra Army Depot Fire Department on the capabilities of their hazardous material trailer and familiarization of the Shasta Cascade Hazardous Materials Response Team (SCHMRT), available to the Unit in the event of a hazardous material incident.Shasta Cascade Hazardous Material Response Team Vehicle

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