Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif – Sept. 11, 2020 – The August Complex currently sits at 491,446 acres and 25 percent contained. It is listed as the largest fire in California history.
The Hopkins Fire is now managed by the Type 1 Incident Management Team, CA Team 5, and will no longer be included in daily updates. The Great Basin Incident Management Team assumes command of the August Complex today.
On the west side of the fire, firefighters continue to work with CAL FIRE on containment lines. Structure protection continues in many areas across the Complex. Firefighters will work to create fireline in the Elk Creek drainage and Sanhedrin Wilderness west of Monkey Rock.
Crews continue to assess areas following the strong wind and fire activity earlier this week. For specific cabin access related questions, call the forest at (530) 934-3316 for the latest information.
Two hundred thirty-three soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington are deployed in support of the August Complex. The firefighting soldiers are working in various areas of the Complex.
Southeast winds are predicted throughout the day with gusts up to 20 mph on the ridgelines. Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-80s with variability across the area. Fire activity is expected to remain high with critically dry fuels and poor overnight moisture recovery. Shading from dense smoke may moderate fire behavior in some areas.
Evacuation orders are in effect for multiple counties. For evacuation information and orders, 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 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/.