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August Complex

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Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988

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Incident Contacts

North Zone August Complex
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: Daily 8am to 8pm

South Zone August Complex
Phone: 530-640-1168
Hours: Daily 8am to 5pm

August Complex - South Zone (Doe) Update for September 12, 2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 9/12/2020

Yesterday, September 11, 2020, the fires known as the August Complex (Doe), Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, and Vinegar were combined and are now collectively known as the August Complex. The August Complex will be split into three management zones: South, North and West.  These fires have all burned together and the intent is to simplify the coordination of effort, ordering and timely release of accurate information.  Separate zone updates will be released daily in order to provide more localized information. The South Zone consists of the Doe Fire; the main area previously identified as the August Complex.  

The August Complex will be managed under unified incident command between Great Basin Team 2-DeMasters (South Zone), California Interagency Incident Management Team 5-Young (North Zone), and CAL FIRE Team 5-Parkes (West Zone). The August Complex is burning on the Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests.

The combined fires now known as the August Complex have grown to 846,812 acres and collectively are listed as the largest fire in California history.   The South Zone, Doe Fire, is now 498,202 acres and 25 percent contained.

Smoke cleared on parts of the fire yesterday and helicopters assisted crews with water drops on hot spots around the fire. Today, crews continue to clear fuels and prepare around structures near Lake Pillsbury and in the communities near Eel River and Bauer Ridge.  Dozers will be used to build indirect fire lines on the southwest and west side of the fire where South Zone fire resources are coordinating with CAL FIRE Team 5 on the West Zone.

Weather. Smoke cover is expected to thin over the fire today allowing for increased heating.  Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with relative humidity in the teens.  South winds are expected to be 8-10 mph with gusts to 20 mph on the ridgetops.  Fire activity will remain high with critically dry fuels.

Evacuations are in effect in many counties. New mandatory evacuations were issued yesterday evening in Mendocino County. See the Mendocino County Sheriff's page for map of evacuation areas. 

A Forest Closure Order is in effect. Order 08-20-12 (Sep. 5, 2020) and map are posted on the Mendocino NF website:

The most up to date information on the August Complex can be found on InciWeb:

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