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. 30, 2020 – This morning, Pacific Northwest #2 Incident Management Team under Incident Commander Rob Allen assumed command of the South Zone of the August Complex after transitioning with Mike Quesinberry’s NIMO team. The August Complex is 949,055 acres with 47% containment.
In addition to constant input from firefighters on the ground, data from nighttime infrared flights is being used to identify heat sources inside the control lines that need to be addressed. Crews spent Tuesday conducting mop up, checking control lines and enhancing structure protection in the Lake Pillsbury area. In areas where mop up has been completed and checked, firefighters are working to take down and retrieve hose lays, pumps, and portable tanks that were installed on alternate contingency lines.
A Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) has begun work on the east side of the South Zone, collecting and analyzing information to document burn severity and to prioritize emergency stabilization measures. This long-term process is initiated as soon as possible after a wildfire, and will continue for up to a year to prevent further damage to life, property, or natural resources on Forest Service Lands. BAER teams identify needs in areas that are unlikely to recover naturally from wildand fire damage, and use that information to prioritize rehabilitation work.
Weather: Hot and dry conditions are forecast for Wednesday, with temperatures of 80-90 degrees at higher elevations and approximately 100 degrees in valleys. Winds will be variable at 5-10 mph. There is the potential for areas of thick smoke.
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/ ###