Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif – Sept. 15, 2020 – Critically dry fuels challenge firefighters as they continue their suppression efforts on the August Fire Complex. The total acreage for the August Complex is now at 794,801 acres with 30% containment. The acreage associated with the South Zone is 522,957 acres.
The focus of today’s firefighting efforts is in Lake County in the Lake Pillsbury Basin. A considerable amount of work is taking place in this area. Two structure protection groups have been established to help protect infrastructure in the basin. Work by these groups includes installing hose lays, supplying water dip tanks for helicopters, and putting in dozer lines where appropriate. Close coordination with CAL FIRE is taking place between the efforts in the west and southwest areas of the fire. The evacuation order issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office remains in effect.
On the east side of the fire, a burnout operation began Monday afternoon in the area of the Salt Creek Conservation Camp. This operation will continue today as weather conditions allow – the completion of this burnout operation will tie the fire perimeter into the dozer built fire line that was previously constructed.
In the northern area of the South Zone, good progress has been made in containing the fire in the Elder Creek area on the eastern side of the Crane Mills property. Mop up activities continue along the fire perimeter in this area by the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.
Weather. Smoke will be clearing today with mostly sunny skies. Relative humidity will be 15-20%, with temperatures in the upper 70s to upper 80s. Southwesterly winds will continue at 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Moisture will begin arriving in the area starting Wednesday, raising, humidity levels, which will help with suppression efforts.
Evacuation orders are in effect for Mendocino, Lake, Glenn, Humboldt and Trinity Counties. Please see each of the respective county sheriff’s office or emergency management websites for specific evacuation information. Evacuation information can also be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6983/55716/ .
Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region extended its temporary closure of all eighteen National Forests in California through September 21, 2020.
For more information on the August Complex can be found on please check InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/