Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif – Sept. 13, 2020 – USDA Forest Service and CAL FIRE are engaged in a coordinated response to manage and suppress the August Complex. The Complex consists of multiple fires that have burned together and are collectively known as the August Complex. The Complex has been divided into three zones: South, North, and West. The South Zone is located primarily in the Mendocino National Forest, geographically from the South Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness to just north of Lake Pillsbury.
The August Complex has grown to 877,477 acres and is 28 percent contained. It is listed as the largest fire in California history. The South Zone is now 503,086 acres.
Firefighters are mopping up along the fire’s perimeter where fire activity is low, increasing its containment. They continue to reduce fuels around Lake Pillsbury and in communities near Eel River and Bauer Ridge to help protect infrastructure. This includes installing hose lays, water dip tanks for helicopters and putting in dozer lines where appropriate. Aerial resources will continue to utilize water drops on hot spots around the fire’s perimeter. Crews will continue to patrol and monitor fire activity throughout the fire area.
Weather. Smoky conditions are expected Sunday with increasing winds and clouds moving into the area.Temperatures will be in the mid-80s with relative humidity 15-20%. Southerly winds are expected to be 8-15 mph with gusts to 20-25 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 Friday evening in Mendocino County. See the Mendocino County Sheriff's page for map of evacuation areas.
Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region issued a temporary closure of all eighteen National Forests in California effective through Sept. 14, 2020.