Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Fire Update: August Complex (South Zone)
Date Started: August 17, 2020, Cause: Lightning
Acres Burned: 836,871 (All Zones), Containment: 34%, Expected Containment: November 15
Structures Threatened: 1,595, Structures Destroyed: 35
WILLOWS, Calif. – Sept. 20, 2020 – Steady progress continues on the South Zone of the August Complex. The east side of the Complex is now contained, and resources are being shifted to other areas of the fire. The containment of the entire Complex is now 34 percent.
On Saturday, crews continued to improve lines near Pillsbury Ranch and conducted additional burning when weather and other conditions were favorable. The strategically applied burning will increase the protection of structures in Lake Pillsbury by removing vegetation between control lines and the main fire perimeter. Two hundred thirty-three soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington are deployed and continue to support the August Complex. These firefighting soldiers have been engaged in fireline construction, mop up, patrol, and many are now assisting with structure protection and holding lines as firing operations continue in the Lake Pillsbury area. An updated Forest Order No. 08-20-13 was issued for the August Complex on Sept. 19. This Forest Order adjusted the southern boundary of the previous closure to encompass more of the area around Lake Pillsbury due to firefighting activities and to protect the public from potential injury caused by hazards within the fire area.
Residents and property owners may return to their properties within the Mendocino National Forest in Glenn County, but should use extreme caution when entering the burn area, as hazards may be present. Properties accessed by a Forest Service road will require a permit from the US Forest Service. Access to the Forest Service closure area for other purposes, including hunting and recreation, is prohibited.
Weather: Weather conditions forecast on Sunday include temperatures in the 80s and drier humidity.
Evacuations: In the South Zone of the August Complex, evacuation orders are in effect for Mendocino and Lake 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/.