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August Complex

Unit Information

Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988

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Incident Contacts

North Zone August Complex
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: Daily 8am to 8pm

South Zone August Complex
Phone: 530-640-1168
Hours: Daily 8am to 5pm

Highlighted Activity

10/23/2020 Pacific Southwest Regions Extends Fire Restrictions through October 30
In the interest of the safety of firefighters and visitors to the national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, fire restrictions are being kept in place to prevent further fires from being...
Announcement - 10/23/2020
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The August Complex is 1,032,648 acres and 93% contained. The fires within the Complex ignited August 16 and 17, 2020. 

Due to the Complex’s size, the incident is broken into two zones: The Great Basin Team 1 (Kuo) is in the North Zone, and Incident Management Organization (Coots) is in the South Zone.

In the interest of the safety of firefighters and visitors to the national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, fire restrictions are extended to October 30 to prevent further fires from being started and overtaxing the resources of those fighting existing wildfires. 

Fire Area Closures remain in effect: 

Private properties accessed via a Forest System road may require a permit from the USDA Forest Service. Please contact the appropriate National Forest office for more information. Hunting and recreation are prohibited within the August Complex Closure area. 


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 17th, 2020 approx. 11:00 AM
LocationMendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests
Incident CommanderGB Team 1/Coots IC
Incident DescriptionComplex
Coordinates39.659 latitude, -122.809 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel729
Size1,032,648 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained93%
Estimated Containment DateSunday November 15th, 2020 approx. 06:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Tall Grass - 2.5 feet

Chaparral - 6 Feet

Timber - litter and understory

Significant Events

Surface fire, creeping, and smoldering were observed. Fire activity was limited to consumption of heavy fuel and duff within the fire perimeter.


Planned Actions

North Zone: Monitor by aviation and continue to secure fire in the Bradburn Creek area. Suppression repair work is ongoing on Green Mountain and east to Ruth Lake. All other areas in the branch are being patrolled. Crews have completed 50% of the priority work in the Mad River municipal watershed, and resources are beginning repair in the South Fork Trinity River municipal watershed. Resources continue to mop-up and secure line at Irish Mountain west to Bear Wallow using hose and rotor wing support. Night Operations will patrol major roadways, mostly in the Ruth Lake area.

South Zone: Monitor through EGP website. Minor suppression repair will occur and demobilization of resources.

Projected Incident Activity

North Zone: Fire activity will be limited to current fire perimeter. Red Flag warning may increase some activity

within the perimeter.

South Zone: Smoldering will continue in Hellhole Canyon. No perimeter growth expected.


Burned acreage as of 10/25/2020:

Mendocino NF-612,634

Six Rivers NF-162,201

Shasta Trinity NF-139,760

West Zone-140,522

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Red Flag Warning conditions will continue Monday. Winds

will decrease somewhat, but many areas will have humidity in the single digits. Temperatures will range 70 to 80 with a warm and dry boost by some downslope winds. Winds will be predominantly NE even in terrain, 6 to 12 mph. Ridgetop winds will be a little less strong, from the northeast at 15 mph, with gusts to 25 mph.