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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

South Zone August Complex
Phone: 530-487-4602
Hours: Daily 6am to 8pm

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

West Zone, August Complex
Phone: 707-355-4926
Hours: Daily 6am to 8pm

North Zone Fire Update, August Complex, September 16, 2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 9/16/2020

Current Situation (August Complex-North Zone):  Dry weather continues to aid active fire behavior.  Priorities remain 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).

Structure defense continues in Ruth Valley and structure preparation is ongoing in the communities of Hettenshaw and Kettenpom Valleys, Forest Glen and Trinity Pines/Post Mountain.  

On the northeast perimeter (Shasta-Trinity National Forest), good progress has been made and crews continue to reinforce the containment line along the 35 Road using tactical firing operations.   

A successful tactical firing operation occurred overnight with good progress made securing the fireline along Horse Ridge to South Fork Mountain. South of Rattlesnake Ridge, efforts continue to secure hot spots north of the South Fork of the Trinity River. Line construction continues from Ruth Valley west to the Middle Fork of the Eel River.  

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

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 trend upward during the day and especially into the late afternoon and night.  

Smoke Outlook:

Expect improving air quality today on the south and west of the fire due to predominate southwesterly and westerly winds. Unhealthy to Unhealthy Sensitive Group conditions are expected overnight in the foothill areas strongly affected by the settling of down drainage smoke.

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: