Lassen Modoc Unit

The Lassen-Modoc Unit is located in the northeastern most 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 has eight State funded forest fire stations, including one helitack base, five lookouts, three conservation camps, the Susanville Training Center and the Susanville Interagency Fire Center.  CAL FIRE works with volunteer fire departments to provide structure fire protection within the Unit, with paid departments in Susanville City, Janesville, Westwood Chester and Herlong.

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, California Highway Patrol, and county and city agencies.

Lassen-Modoc Fire Plan

The Lassen Modoc Unit Fire Management Plan documents the assessment of the fire situation in the unit. It includes stakeholder contributions and priorities, and identifies strategic targets for proactive approaches and project based solutions, which are defined by the people who live and work with the local fire problem. While the Unit Fire Management Plan should address local needs, the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection also has legislative mandates going back to 1945 requiring it to determine the “intensity” or appropriate level of fire protection for all state responsibility areas in California (Public Resources Code §4130). The Unit Fire Management Plan is the Board of Forestry’s way of making the California Fire Plan the unit’s plan rather than “Sacramento’s” plan.

Unit Strategic Fire Plan 2012: Lassen-Modoc-Plumas

Contact Lassen Modoc Unit

697-345 Highway 36
Susanville, California  96130
Phone: 530-257-4171


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Lassen County, California
  • Modoc County, California