Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif – Sept. 9, 2020 – The August Complex currently sits at 372,012 acres and 24 percent contained. The current total acreage does not reflect the Hopkins Fire (49,887acres). There are 1,167 resources committed to the August Complex. Starting Wednesday, the Hopkins Fire in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness (49,887acres) will be managed by the Type 1 Incident Management Team, CA Team 5, and will no longer be included in daily updates.
Northeast winds are expected through the afternoon with gusts up to 30 mph. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 5 pm. Due to high winds, there is potential for increased fire activity and spread with heavy smoke production.
Fire activity increased Tuesday due to high temperatures and gusty winds throughout the Complex. The fire moved beyond the Government Flat and Mendocino Pass areas east of the Black Butte River. An infrared (IR) flight was not available last night; one is scheduled for this morning that will provide more information on the affected areas.
Structure protection operations were conducted for many homes on Tuesday. As winds continue throughout Wednesday, additional resources will be positioned to provide more structure protection across the complex. On Wednesday, crews will work on a spot fire detected on the northeast side of the Complex in the Riley Ridge area.
Evacuation orders are in effect for the following counties: Glenn County, portions of Mendocino and Lake Counties. Contact the respective sheriffs’ offices for more information.
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 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/.