Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
August Complex North Zone Fire Update
September 22, 2020
Incident Commander: Norm McDonald
Start Date: 08/17/2020 Location: Shasta-Trinity NF; Six Rivers NF; Mendocino NF
Cause: Lightning Fire Size: 846,898 (All Zones)
(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. Strategic firing will continue to secure the area. Helicopter water drops were utilized along South Fork Mountain on the ridge lines to slow the progression of the fire, allowing dozer lines to be constructed behind houses for structure defense. These operations will continue throughout the week.
Dozers and other heavy equipment continue to tie in ridges and existing 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.
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 improving existing fire lines surrounding communities, clearing flammable vegetation around structures, and installing hose lays or sprinkler systems around structures.
The eastern portion of the fire east of East Low Gap 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 the fire will remain active along Wrights Valley and Shell Mountain. Wildfire activity can change quickly and evacuation warnings and orders may also change at any time. The public is reminded to stay aware of fire conditions and follow all Evacuation Orders and Warnings.
Weather conditions A low pressure system will approach the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday causing increased winds and lower humidity within the fire area.
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
· 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. 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. On Saturday, September 19, 2020 selected forests increased access. 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