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 Acres Burned: 846,752 (All Zones) Containment: 34%
Cause: Lightning Structures Threatened: 1,595 Structures Destroyed: 35
Expected Containment: November 15, 2020
WILLOWS, Calif. – Sept. 21, 2020 – Hard work pays off on the South Zone of the August Complex, as additional burning operations are conducted, and containment continues to increase. The east side of the South Zone is fully contained, and the containment of the entire Complex is now 34 percent. To put this into perspective, the perimeter of the August Complex is more than 568 miles, a greater distance than the drive from Boise, ID to Red Bluff, CA.
On Sunday, smoke prevented the use of aircraft to assist in the firing operations around Pillsbury Ranch, but firefighters continued to utilize hand ignition where possible to remove vegetation and increase protection of structures. While hand ignition by ground crews is slower than aerial ignition, it allows for continued progress when smoky conditions make it unsafe to fly.
Dozers and crews continue structure protection and strengthening the control lines west and northwest of Lake Pillsbury. These lines will be used as both primary and alternate locations for containment of the fire. Fire crews are widening lines and installing pumps and hose to prepare for future firing and holding operations.
Forest Order No. 08-20-13 remains in effect for the August Complex. Residents and property owners may return to their properties within the Mendocino National Forest in Glenn County, but access to the Forest Service closure area for other purposes, including hunting and recreation, is prohibited. Properties accessed via a Forest System road may require a permit from the US Forest Service. Please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 for more information.
Weather: Weather conditions forecast on Monday include variable winds, 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. In Mendocino County, evacuation orders have been reduced to evacuation warnings for zone A, zone C, and a part of zone E. 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/.
For more information on the August Complex please check InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/