On Monday, the Tucker Fire sat at around 2,500 acres but with warm, dry conditions in the afternoon, the fire became erratic and quickly grew. By Tuesday morning, the fire has ballooned to 11,000 acres in Modoc County.
There is no reported containment at this time.
The fire sits on the southwest border of the Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge near the Oregon border, with little human population. Currently, no evacuations have been ordered but the Modoc Sheriff is warning nearby residents to prepare for impending orders. Those residents would be in the areas of County Road 114 and 202, Coyote Butte, and Horse Mountain.
The start of the fire is just like the nearby Goose 2 and Rainbow Fires, which were unintentionally caused by humans. It’s the same situation as the Milepost 97 Fire in Souther Oregon, which is believed to be caused by an illegal campfire and now sits at 12,000 acres, bringing a plume of smoke over Northern California.