Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif – Sept. 10, 2020 – The August Complex currently sits at 471,185 acres and 24 percent contained. Northeast winds continued through most of the day Wednesday. There was significant fire spread from increased fire activity on the west side of the fire, with heavy smoke production across the area. The Great Basin Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 6 am Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
Due to significant winds, the fire quickly crossed the Black Butte River, continuing beyond the M1 Road late Tuesday. Crews assessed fire activity early Wednesday morning. The fire had become established in the Yuki Wilderness, as well as private lands to the north and west of the wilderness. Firefighters worked diligently on structure protection as the fire progressed.
Despite firefighter preparation and efforts, there were structures burned during the rapid fire growth over the last two days. The number of structures is unknown at this time. For specific cabin access related questions, you can call the forest at (530) 934-3316 for the latest information.
With the strong winds on Wednesday, the fire progressed beyond the Eel River. Firefighters will continue to work with CAL FIRE on containment lines on the west side of the fire Thursday. There was less fire spread in the Monkey Rock area than on the rest of the Complex. Crews will continue to work to contain that area.
Warm and dry conditions with a lot of smoke will last into the weekend. Winds will be variable with gusts up to 18 mph.
Evacuation orders are in effect for multiple counties. For evacuation information and orders, contact the respective sheriffs’ offices for more information.
There will be a virtual community meeting at 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Tonight’s meeting information and fire 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/.