Evacuations ordered for Tionesta as Caldwell Fire continues to grow

The Modoc County Sheriff's Office said that it was ordering evacuations for the community of Tionesta on Monday as the Caldwell Fire continues to spread in multiple directions.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 3:11 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2020 3:18 PM

TULELAKE, Calif. — A small community just over the Siskiyou County line into Modoc County is under a mandatory evacuation order as the massive Caldwell Fire continues to grow.

The Caldwell Fire was estimated at more than 46,000 acres as of Monday morning, already causing evacuations in the southern areas of Tulelake. The Lave Beds National Monument and Medicine Lake recreation area have been closed for days due to the encroaching fire.


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The community of Tionesta has been near the fire area since last week, but the Modoc County Sheriff's Office announced on Monday that it is now under mandatory evacuation "due to unstable weather and extreme fire activity."

"Fire on the east is approaching Hwy 139. Firefighters are working aggressively to implement control measures and structure protection is in place where needed," the U.S. Forest Service said.

NewsWatch 12 has a reporter in the area and will have further updates on the Caldwell Fire throughout the day.


Current evacuations in place

Evacuation orders (mandatory)

  • Tionesta
  • Tulelake south of Highway 139
    • County Road 120 to 124
    • County Road 121 to 124
    • All residents with property bordering the forest or Lava beds from 120-124

Evacuation warnings

  • All Copic, Panhandle, and Peninsula areas south of Highway 139

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