Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif. — Sept. 19, 2020 — Mendocino National Forest officials issued a new area closure for the August Complex effective Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 through Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. This temporary area closure is necessary to protect the firefighters assigned to the August Complex and protect the public from potential injury caused by hazards created by the fires in the August Complex.
Forest Order No. 08-20-13 adjusted the southern boundary of the previous closure to encompass more of the area around Lake Pillsbury. Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson says, “The August Complex totals 832,891 acres and is 31% contained. Keeping this area closure in place will help keep the public out of harm’s way and fire personnel safe while they continue to work to suppress the fire.” Hunting and recreation within the closure area is prohibited. Evacuation orders and advisories remain in Lake and Mendocino counties. Residents who need to access their property within the closure area via a Forest System road will require a permit from the US Forest Service. Contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 for more information. Please be advised that while this order re-opens some campgrounds and recreation sites in the southern portion of the Mendocino, campfires and camp stoves remain prohibited throughout the entire forest per Regional Order 20-11. Forest Order 08-20-12 and associated exhibits, including the map, are posted on the forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd807574.pdf August Complex incident information is posted on InciWeb: https://tinyurl.com/y3wpmfgv. The following recreation sites are open: Grindstone district Big Springs Day Use, Davis Flat, Deafy Glade, Fouts, Gray Pine, Letts Lake, Little Stony, Mill Creek, Nail Track, North Fork, South Fork, Wolf Creek, Mill Valley, Old Mill Upper Lake district Penny Pines, Middle Creek, Deer Valley Trailheads Bathhouse, Bear Wallow, Summit Springs, Windy Point, West Crockett