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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
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: Daily 8am to 8pm

South Zone August Complex
Phone: 530-640-1168
Hours: Daily 8am to 5pm

South Zone Fire Update, August Complex, September 24th 2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 9/24/2020

Date Started: August 17, 2020 Acres Burned: 862,733 (All Zones) Containment: 38%

Cause: Lightning Structures Threatened: 1,595 Structures Destroyed: 35

Expected Containment: November 15, 2020

WILLOWS, Calif. – Sept. 24, 2020 – The August Complex South Zone will hold a virtual public meeting Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 pm to provide a fire overview and to allow the public to ask questions. The meeting will be streamed live on the Mendocino National Forest Facebook page.

Firefighters made significant progress on Wednesday, continuing to mop up where firing operations were finished on Tuesday north of Lake Pillsbury. Dozer line is complete from Soda Creek to Sunset Gap. Crews continue working to increase containment in the area by identifying and removing trees that could fall across lines, locating and addressing smoldering vegetation adjacent to lines, and by making sure that lines near structures are secure. Other crews are reinforcing dozer lines north and west of Pillsbury Ranch, installing and testing hose lays, pumps, and sprinklers for use in holding operations.

Management of the South Zone of the August Complex will be transitioning from the Type I Great Basin Incident Management Team 2, under Incident Commander Tony Demasters to a Type 2 Incident Management Team as well as a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team. The incoming Type 2 management team is from the Mendocino National Forest and led by Incident Commander Curtis Coots. The Mendocino team will take over command of the incident on September 25. The Atlanta NIMO team is led by Incident Commander Mike Quisenberry and will provide further assistance in managing the fire.

Weather: Cloud cover and slightly higher humidity are forecast for Thursday. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 80s. Winds are anticipated to be from the northwest at 10-15 mph.

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

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: