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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

West Zone August Complex Update, September 24th, 2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 9/24/2020

Incident Start Date: 9/10/2020 Incident Start Time: 2:58 PM

Incident Type: Wildland Fire Cause: Lightning/Natural

Incident Location: Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Lake, & Trinity County

CAL FIRE Unit: Mendocino & Humboldt Del Norte

August Complex Total Size: 862,733 acres August Complex West Zone Size: 103,780 acres

Containment: 45% Expected Full Containment: 9/30/20

Civilian Injuries/Fatalities: 0 Firefighter Injuries/Fatalities: 0

Structures Threatened: 8,913 Structures Damaged: 2 Structures Destroyed: 21

Minor Structures Threatened: 0 Minor Structures Damaged: 3 Minor Structures Destroyed: 30
CAL FIRE’s unified team and the U.S. Forest Service are engaged in a coordinated and collaborative response to take suppressive action on the August Complex, which has been split into three zones to effectively provide a response for the communities at risk. Due to resource draw down throughout the state, CAL FIRE’s Incident Management Team requested the California National Guard to assist with fire suppression efforts and as a result of CAL FIRE’s request, 125 National Guard personnel are assigned to the incident. Additionally, resources from across the state of California as well as Montana, Idaho, Texas, and New Jersey have been assigned to assist on the August Complex-West Zone. The August Complex-West Zone has burned 103,780 acres, spans approximately 195 miles of fire line and is 45% contained with more than 2,000 firefighters battling the fire from the air and the ground. The ongoing fire suppression efforts have resulted in some evacuation orders and warnings being reduced while the incident commanders constantly evaluate existing orders and warnings as anticipated and observed fire conditions change. Overnight, firefighters conducted additional firing operations in the area of Mill Creek, above Lake Pillsbury in an effort to eliminate isolated pockets of unburned fuels, while in areas further north, ground resources worked diligently to improve and widen containment lines. Firefighters across all 195 miles of fire line are actively performing direct fire attack and mop up where fire conditions safely allow and smoke is highly visible due to the fire making isolated uphill runs when aligned with topography, firing operations and multiple active pockets of fire. 
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