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: 878,470 (All Zones) Containment: 45%
Cause: Lightning Structures Threatened: 1,595 Structures Destroyed: 35
Expected Containment: November 15, 2020
WILLOWS, Calif. – Sept. 28, 2020 – Through the high winds and critical fire weather Sunday, crews successfully defended control lines in the Lake Pillsbury area on Sunday, and the east side of the South Zone is still fully contained. This morning, the August Complex is 878,470 acres with 45% containment.
Another day of critical fire weather is in store for the area Monday, with winds expected to be sustained at 12-18 miles per hour with gusts to 25 mph on ridges and high areas, and 6-12 mph in valleys. Temperatures will be close to 100 degrees and the humidity will be in the single digits. Relative humidity values did not increase much overnight, so fuels will start out dry this morning. As a result of these conditions, there will be significant potential for rapid fire growth for most of the day.
Today, fire crews will continue their work to secure firelines in the Pillsbury Lake and Rice Fork areas. Meanwhile, on the east side of the Complex, the Burned Area Emergency Response team (BAER) is mobilized and prepared to start their analyses of the burned area. After a fire, the priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources on Forest Service lands. The stabilization work begins before the fire is out and may continue for up to a year. Rehabilitation focuses on the lands unlikely to recover naturally from wildland fire damage.
Weather: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for hot, dry, and windy conditions. Clear skies, high temperatures, and low humidity is in the forecast for Monday, with temperatures of 80-90 degrees at higher elevations and 100 degrees in valleys. Winds will be northwest at 12-18 mph with gusts to 25 mph in some areas.
Evacuations: In the South Zone of the August Complex, evacuation orders are in place 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 is in effect for the Mendocino National Forest. Residents and property owners may return to their properties within the Mendocino National Forest in Glenn County and Tehama 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. Incident information is available on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/ ##