Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Fire Update: August Complex (South Zone)
Size: 970,563 acres Containment: 51% Personnel: 1,849 Start Date: August 17, 2020
Cause: Lightning Structures Threatened: 2,200 Structures Destroyed: 108
WILLOWS, Calif. – October 2, 2020
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: Substantial work was carried out along the southwestern corner of the fire near Big Signal Peak to mop up and secure unburned fuel within the control line. Fire personnel began assessing areas farther north along the southwestern edge in anticipation of moving and focusing resources in areas with more active fire. Crews pulled eight miles of hose from the interior of the fire, from exterior lines that are fully contained, and contingency or back-up lines. Good progress was made along the eastern and southern edge by removing equipment and 60% of the hose that will be reallocated to higher priority locations.
TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Crews are moving clockwise around the perimeter toward the western area of the fire to gain further information to plan for next steps. Although resources are moving in that western vicinity, activity will continue elsewhere as crews focus on repair of fire suppression activities including dozer and handlines. Firefighters will continue patrolling and backhauling of equipment and hose along the eastern and southern edge, where there is good containment. The structure protection group will remove pumps, hose, and other fire apparatus from areas around Pillsbury Ranch and Rice Creek 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.
FOREST 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.
WEATHER: More hot and dry weather is forecast near the August Complex South Zone, with light and variable winds, switching to northwest at 10-15 mph by afternoon. Relative humidity is expected to remain low, near 15%.
SAFETY: With hot and dry conditions, do not park in a tall grassy area where heat from vehicle exhausts can ignite a fire.