Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif – Sept. 7, 2020 – The August Complex currently sits at 349,565 acres and 24 percent contained. The Hull, Doe, Tatham, and Glade fires have merged to form one large fire. There are 1,138 resources committed to the Complex.
There are multiple wind direction shifts expected through the day and into early morning Tuesday with strong gusts up to 30-40 mph. Winds are expected to shift from the southwest to the northeast by early Tuesday morning. A Red Flag Warning was issued Sunday afternoon and is in effect from 10 pm Monday to 8 am Wednesday. There is potential for increased fire activity and spread with heavy smoke production.
Fire activity increased Sunday due to high temperatures and gusty winds throughout the Complex. Fire crews are prepared for heightened fire activity over the next couple of days due to extreme forecast weather.
There were successful burnout operations in multiple areas of the Complex. The burnout operations along the M2 Road and in the area around the Mitchell Place on the north end of the Complex are holding in place. Another effective burnout operation from the area around the Mare Cabin down to Brewer Oak Camp progressed steadily ahead of the fire. The spot fire east of Howard Lake has moved into an old burn scar and is holding on the northern side of the lake.
Firefighters worked to contain the spot fire from Saturday on the Hopkins fire (18,514 acres; 10 percent contained). Efforts will continue into Monday to hold the containment line. Access to this area from Highway 36 or Forest Road 30 is not advised.
On the southwest corner of the Complex, firefighters will work on the spot fire in the Mendenhall Creek area Monday. This is a focal area for operations ahead of the upcoming northeast winds.
Mendocino National Forest officials updated the area closure for the August Complex on Sept. 5, 2020. The Forest Order 08-20-12 and map are posted on the forest website: https://tinyurl.com/yykjydbf
Daily updates and the virtual community meeting can be found on the Mendocino National Forest Facebook page, located at: www.facebook.com/MendocinoNF.
The most up to date information on the August Complex can be found on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/.