Alturas, California

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Alturas (formerly, Dorris Bridge, Dorris' Bridge, and Dorrisville)[2] is the county seat of Modoc County, California, United States. Alturas is located on the Pit River, east of the center of Modoc County,[2] at an elevation of 4370 feet (1332 m).[1] As the county seat, the town is a home to regional government offices, including a California Highway Patrol office and a state Department of Motor Vehicles office. Modoc Subdivision track of the Union Pacific Railroad, and the Lake County Railroad, (of Lake County, Oregon) serve the area.

The population was 2,892 at the 2010 census, and the ZIP code for the community is 96101.

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Geography

Alturas straddles the North Fork of the Pit River, near its confluence with the South Fork in the north end of South Fork Valley, in the extreme northeastern corner of California at 41°29′14″N 120°32′33″W / 41.48722°N 120.5425°W / 41.48722; -120.5425.[1] The tall Warner Mountains lie to the east, the wetlands and wild rice fields of South Fork Valley to the south, and the extensive Modoc Plateau to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) and none of it is covered by water.

Climate

Alturas has wet, cold winters and warm, dry summers. The average January temperatures are a high of 41.6°F and a low of 16.5°F. The average July temperatures are a high of 88.2°F and a low of 44.3°F. There are an average of 36.2 days with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and an average of 203.8 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower. The record high was 108°F on July 8, 2007, and the record low was -34°F on December 9, 1972. Freezing temperatures have occurred in every month of the year; cool nights are common even on the warmest summer days.

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