Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif – Sept. 05, 2020 –The Hull, Doe, Tatham, and Glade fires have merged to form one large fire. The individual breakdown of the fires is as follows: Hull fire (13,177 acres; 10 percent contained), Doe fire (297,377 acres; 23 percent contained), Tatham fire (15,594 acres, 9 percent contained) and Hopkins fire (11,089 acres; 0 percent contained.)
The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Warning beginning 10 p.m., Monday through 8 a.m. Wednesday. Weather predictions call for extreme heat ranging from the mid-90s on the ridges to 110 degrees in the valleys. Relative humidity is expected to drop to the single digits. Winds will shift from southeast to northwest, with sustained wind speeds of up to 25 mph. This could result in the potential for rapid fire spread throughout the complex and dense smoke in the surrounding area.
There was a slop over across the M1 Road in the Riley Ridge area of the Doe fire. Helicopters and dozers are performing containment operations. Crews are making good progress containing a spot fire north of Anthony Peak and South of Buck Rock. Small aircraft will assist in this area, as smoke conditions permit.
The Hopkins fire is moving toward areas of old burn scars and road systems surrounding the perimeter of the fire. Burnout operations and air operations will proceed Saturday. There are presently five engines and three bulldozers committed to the Hopkins fire.
The August Complex currently sits at 305,673 acres and 23 percent containment. There are 1,048 resources committed to the Complex including: 22 crews, four camp crews, seven helicopters, 46 engines, 20 dozers, 31 water tenders, and three masticators.
There will be a virtual community meeting at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5th. Tonight’s meeting information and fire updates can be found on the Mendocino National Forest Facebook page, located at: www.facebook.com/MendocinoNF. Residents, particularly from the Covelo area, are encouraged to participate.
Mendocino National Forest officials updated the area closure for the August Complex on Sept. 5th, 2020. The Forest Order 08-20-12 and map are posted on the forest website: https://tinyurl.com/yykjydbf
The most up to date information on the August Complex can be found on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/.