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: 859,966 (All Zones) Containment: 39%
Cause: Lightning Structures Threatened: 1,595 Structures Destroyed: 35
Expected Containment: November 15, 2020
WILLOWS, Calif. – Sept. 23, 2020 – Firefighters completed burning operations to the north of Lake Pillsbury on Tuesday, finishing firing activities that have been occurring over the past several days. Crews will now complete holding and mopping up actions along the control lines used in these efforts. This includes looking for and extinguishing areas of remaining heat near these lines. Once the area has cooled over the next few days, additional containment in this area is expected.
Helicopters have been assisting in cooling the fire and holding control lines through water drops near Mill Creek and areas to the northwest of Pillsbury Ranch. Fire crews and dozers from CAL FIRE continue suppression efforts near the main edge of the fire to the northwest, including constructing line where possible. Meanwhile, firefighters continue structure protection in the Pillsbury Basin and along control lines to the west. This includes installing and testing hose lays and sprinklers for use in holding operations.
The August Complex-South Zone will hold a virtual public meeting at 7pm on Thursday, September 24, 2020 to provide a fire overview and to allow the public to ask questions. The meeting will be live streamed on the Mendocino National Forest Facebook page.
Weather: Temperatures are forecast to be mild on Wednesday, as effects from a front north of California brings additional humidity and cloud cover, resulting in temperatures in the low 80s. Winds are anticipated to be light and from the west to southwest.
Evacuations: In the South Zone of the August Complex, evacuation orders are in effect for portions of 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/.
Closures: Forest Order No. 08-20-13 remains in effect for the Mendocino National Forest. 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. For more information on the August Complex please check InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/