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August Complex

Unit Information

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

North Zone, August Complex September 15, 2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 9/15/2020

Current Situation (August Complex-North Zone):  Active fire behavior is expected to continue with dry conditions and low relative humidity. Our priorities are focused on life and property; our strategy continues to be focused on structure protection, indirect line construction (away from the fire’s edge), direct line construction and tactical firing operations (applying fire on the ground to remove vegetation and widen containment lines).

Firefighters are focusing on suppression actions on the north and northwest areas of the fire. Crews are working to secure spots occurring north of the South Fork of the Trinity River and south of Rattlesnake Ridge. Line construction continues from Ruth Valley west to the Middle Fork of the Eel River, east to Horse Ridge.  Structure defense will continue in the Ruth Valley.

Dozers continue to construct indirect lines on Forest Road 3S09 (Six Rivers National Forest) to Zenia Lake Mtn Road (3S21).   Crews are working to complete hand lines from the east to the Middle Fork of the Eel River. Structure preparation continues in the communities of Hettenshaw and Kettenpom Valleys.

On the northeast perimeter (Shasta-Trinity National Forest), crews continue to reinforce the containment line along the 35 Road. Firefighters have made good progress west of Rat Trap Gap improving the line and using tactical firing operations where possible.  

In the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness along Wrights Ridge, it is forecasted that the August Complex North and South Zones will merge, therefore it is not safe to put firefighters in the area.

Virtual Public Meeting:

A Virtual Public Meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 to provide a fire overview and to allow the public to ask questions. The meeting will be live streamed on:

  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest Facebook @ShastaTrinityNF

  • Six Rivers National Forest Facebook @SixRiversNF

  • Mendocino National Forest Facebook @MendocinoNF

Weather:   A low pressure system will continue to bring southwest to west-southwest winds with gusts approaching 20 mph on exposed ridgetops.   Relative humidity will increase Tuesday night and especially into Thursday and Friday.   

Smoke Outlook:   Air quality remains Unhealthy in many areas. Unhealthy conditions are expected overnight in the foothill areas strongly affected by the settling of down drainage smoke. Smoke from fires to the east and south continue to add to overall smoke concentrations.
Forest Closures: Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers National Forests.

Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has closed all 18 national forests in California.  This includes the Mendocino, Shasta- Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. It is critical that all national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters.

Cooperating Agencies: Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Mendocino Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, National Weather Service, BLM, Cal OES, CALFIRE

Safety Message: Due to high fire danger, evacuation orders are put in place for your safety. Be prepared and ready to go.

Wildfire Preparedness: Plan, Know and Act.  Please be ready if a wildfire nears your property or community. For more information visit the following webs at: