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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
Email: 2020.elkhorn@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: Daily 8am to 8pm

South Zone August Complex
Email: 2020.augustcomplex.south@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-640-1168
Hours: Daily 8am to 5pm

North Zone Fire Update, August Complex 9.21.2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 9/21/2020

Start Date: 08/17/2020                   Location: Shasta-Trinity NF; Six Rivers NF; Mendocino NF Cause: Lightning                                       Fire Size: 846,732 (All Zones)
Containment: 34%

(Redding, CA) – A hard closure remains in effect on Lower Mad River Road between Dam Camp and Fir Cove due to smoke and fire traffic in the area. Last evening strategic firing occurred to secure the area along South Fork Mountain down behind homes in Ruth which brought controlled fire down the western slope. Additional dozer lines were constructed between houses to bolster structure defense. This operation will continue throughout the week.

Dozers and other heavy equipment continue to tie in existing ridges and roads to keep the fire south of Highway 36.  Firefighting resources and dozers are also working hard within and around the community of Post Mountain/Trinity Pines to improve pre-existing dozer lines. “These lines are being built in order to stop the forward progression of the fire towards this community” stated Incident Commander Norm McDonald.

Fire managers are focused on the protection and defense of the communities of Ruth Lake, Forest Glen and Trinity Pines/Post Mountain. Structure protection is ongoing and can mean various things; securing existing fire lines surrounding homes, clearing flammable vegetation around structures when possible and installing sprinkler systems around structures.


Established containment lines on the eastern portion of the fire east of East Low Gap are being actively monitored.  Crews are mopping up, improving fire lines, dropping snags and making sure the fire line will continue to hold. Ground resources will be actively patrolling containment lines.

In the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness along Wrights Ridge, the August Complex North and South Zones have burned together.  Wildfire activity can change quickly and so evacuation warnings and orders may also change at any time. The public is reminded to stay aware of current fire conditions and follow all Evacuation Orders and Warnings.

Smoky conditions over the fire cleared briefly yesterday which allowed air resources to assist firefighters on the ground. However, warm and dry conditions are expected to continue today. Smoke is once again expected to impact fire today as southwest transport winds develop.

Know Before You Go

Be fire safe by doing the following:

·       Before going hiking or camping, check with the forest or ranger district for fire restrictions or area closures.

·       Plan ahead and prepare — know your route, and tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.

·       Use alternatives to campfires during high fire danger, even if there are no restrictions. Nine out of 10 fires are caused by humans.

Stay safe when hunting by following these tips:

·       Many hunting areas are closed due to wildfire activity. Check local districts and forests for closure orders.

·       Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails. Firefighters are in the forest as well.

·       Clearly identify your target before shooting. Prevent unfortunate accidents or fatalities.

For more information visit the following at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/know-before-you-go

Fire Information/Media Line: (530) 628-0039.   Email: 2020.Elkhorn@firenet.gov

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Evacuation Orders and Warnings:

Trinity County: Evacuation Orders

·       Ruth, Forest Glen, and Post Mountain/Trinity Pines

·       The southeast area of Ruth Lake up to and including Journey’s End

Evacuation Warnings

·       Mad River, Hettenshaw Valley, Zenia, Kettenpom and the north area of Ruth Lake from Journey’s End to Highway 36

The Temporary Evacuation Point is Hayfork Fairgrounds. Evacuees can proceed there to receive hotel accommodation instructions and will be asked to proceed to a hotel in Lewiston or Weaverville for safe, non-congregate sheltering.

 Additional Evacuation information can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6983/55716/

Forest Closures: Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers National Forests.

Due to the unprecedented wildfires in California, the Pacific Southwest Region previously closed all 18 National Forests. On Saturday, September 19, 2020 selected forests increased access.  All fire restrictions are still in place, prohibiting the use of gas stoves, campfires, etc., and the Six Rivers National Forest will remain closed until September 24, 2020.  The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has opened areas outside fire closures, however areas may prohibit dispersed camping and overnight use. For specific information for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest please visit;  https://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/stnf/forestorders,for the Mendocino National Forest please visit; https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mendocino/alerts-notices, and for the Six Rivers National Forest visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/srnf/alerts-notices.

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, Trinity County OES, Humboldt County OES, California Highway Patrol, National Weather Service, BLM, Cal OES, CAL FIRE