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.

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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

CAL FIRE Lifts Local Fire Restrictions
- October 27, 2014

Susanville – Northern California?s first significant rainfall of the season, combined with cooler temperatures, has allowed the CAL FIRE Lassen Modoc Plumas Unit to lift restrictions on dooryard debris burning effective Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

This means you may burn dooryard debris without a permit.  Permits will not be required until May 1, 2015.  However, you must still contact your local Air Pollution Control District to ensure it?s a permissive burn day.

  • Burn only clean, dry vegetative waste such as leaves, pine needles, and yard clippings.
  • Scrape a clearance of at least 10 feet to bare soil around any burn piles.
  • Always have a shovel and water supply nearby.
  • An adult needs to be in attendance at all times.
  • Never burn on windy days.
  • Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and four feet high. Break larger piles down, and add to the pile as it burns down.
  • Never burn trash, painted wood or other debris.

This fire season has kept firefighters across the State very busy as fire activity has been significantly higher this year. While we recognize the need and convenience of being able to burn yard debris, it is important that residents monitor the weather closely, as a warming trend could increase the fire threat. If you must burn, use extreme caution.  Never leave your fire unattended.  If a debris burn escapes your control you could be held liable. Learn how to prevent wildfires at

Burn Ban in Effect July 1, 2014
- July 1, 2014

Susanville ? CAL FIRE announces all dooryard burn permits within Lassen, Modoc and Plumas Counties are SUSPENDED as of midnight June 30, 2014. The burn ban will continue until formally cancelled by CAL FIRE.  Dooryard burn permits will not be issued and dooryard burning is not allowed during this time.

So far this year, CAL FIRE has responded to over 2,257 wildfires across the state.  This is well above the year-to-date average of 1,394 wildfires. Unfortunately, the seasonal outlook does not offer much better news, as it calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation over the next several months.  This means the potential for large fires is greater than usual.

With this in mind, CAL FIRE encourages residents to remove fire hazards around their home.  Though it may not be possible to keep a green lawn this year due to water conservation efforts, keeping the lawn short and clearing fuels from around your home will help slow the spread of fire.

CAL FIRE is doing their part to conserve water, and asks residents to do the same during this drought emergency.  Please remember, every gallon of water saved in and around your home is a gallon that firefighters can use to protect California from wildfires.

Unit Chief Jeff Young Retires
- July 1, 2014

youngchief2CAL FIRE staff says ?goodbye? and ?thank you? to Unit Chief Jeff Young who retired on June 30, 2014.  Chief Young began his career with CAL FIRE in 1983, as a Firefighter I at the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit. He worked as an Administrative Assistant and limited term Fire Apparatus Engineer (FAE) from 1986-1987 before attaining a permanent FAE appointment in 1988, at the Fresno-Kings Unit.

During Chief Young?s career, he has worked in three Units in a variety of assignments at State and local government fire stations, the Conservation Camp, Inmate and Unit Training Programs and the CAL FIRE Academy. He has been involved with CAL FIRE?s Incident Management Teams for over 10 years in a variety of positions ultimately serving as the Logistics Section Chief for IMT #1. He served on a variety of working groups and cadres throughout his career including the Complex Incident Management Course and has been a member of Serious Accident Review Teams. Jeff has an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration.

We congratulate Jeff and his family on his retirement and thank him for his 28+ years of service with our Department and to the citizens of California. We wish him a very long and enjoyable retirement.

Obtaining a Burn Permit
- May 16, 2014

Effective Thursday, May 1st, 2014 the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Lassen ? Modoc ? Plumas Unit began 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
  • Peninsula Fire Protection District – Lake Almanor
  • Chester Fire Protection District – Chester

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