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: 938,044 (All Zones) Containment: 43%
Cause: Lightning Structures Threatened: 1,595 Structures Destroyed: 35
Expected Containment: November 15, 2020
WILLOWS, Calif. – Sept. 29, 2020 – Crews spent Monday checking control lines in the Lake Pillsbury area and conducting mop up further into the burned area after the weekend red flag warning conditions ended and high winds exited the area. This morning, the August Complex is 938,044 acres with 43% containment.
"The hard work our crews put in during the days before weather conditions worsened allowed the South Zone to hold and defend containment lines around the Lake Pillsbury area, " said Mike Quesinberry, Incident Commander of the National Incident Management Organization (NIMO). "All of this advance preparation, including line construction, structure protection, firing operations, and mop up led to a very successful outcome as critical fire weather came through."
Today, crews will perform additional checks of control lines, mop up additional areas, and work to identify and remove snags and trees that have fallen as a result of fire damage or wind in the Lake Pillsbury area. Other crews will begin dismantling and retrieving hose, pumps, and portable tanks that were installed for structure protection and to hold control lines as areas are checked and determined to be cold.
The PNW #2 Incident Management Team under Incident Commander Rob Allan will brief with Mike Quesinberry’s NIMO team Tuesday and assume command of the August Complex South Zone later this week.
Weather: Clear skies, high temperatures, and low humidity are in the forecast for Tuesday, with temperatures of 80-90 degrees at higher elevations and approximately 100 degrees in valleys. Winds will be variable at 5-10 mph in valleys, and south-southwest around 10 mph. 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/ ###