Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
August Complex North Zone Fire Update October 2, 2020
Incident Commander: Norm McDonald
Start Date: 08/17/2020 Cause: Lightning Containment: 51%
Location: Shasta-Trinity NF; Six Rivers NF; Mendocino NF Fire Size (All Zones): 970,563 acres Personnel (North Zone): 1,532
(Redding, CA) – Residents have had many questions about the status of their property resulting from the wind- driven firestorm last Sunday and Monday. Trinity County Office of Emergency Services is responsible for damage assessments. County staff will enter affected areas as soon as it is safe to do so and directly notify owners; your patience is appreciated.
Many hazards remain throughout affected areas, such as falling trees, downed powerlines, and hotspots. Fire danger remains extreme with dry vegetation, drought conditions, very low relative humidity, record temperatures, and potential for additional wind events. Residents are not permitted entry into evacuated areas until the Sheriff lifts the orders. The public safety officers continue to enforce roadblocks for firefighter and public safety as well as property protection. The Sheriff issued evacuation orders yesterday for Hidden Valley, Indian Valley, Bear Wallow, Rowdy Bear, and Friend Mountain. Please comply with the Sheriff’s orders; prepare to evacuate during a warning and leave quickly when an evacuation order is issued. Failure to evacuate diverts firefighters and public safety officers from protecting homes to assisting residents who should have evacuated.
Hot and dry conditions prevail again today, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees at lower elevations. Light winds from the northwest are forecast with potential to increase in the afternoon. Dense smoke persists, particularly in the deeper valleys. While smoke provides shade and moderates fire behavior, it also inhibits aircraft operations.
The fire continues to move north of State Route 36 toward Bear Wallow and south toward Forest Glen. It also is moving to the southwest in the drainages and valleys south of Ruth Lake. The fire still has substantial potential for spread in drainages aligned with the winds. Firefighters are constructing dozer lines to the north and west from Post Mountain/Trinity Pines. Crews are continuing structure assessments and protection measures for potentially affected structures and properties near the fire perimeter.
Resource shortages continue across the western states, including California, due to the scale of the wildfire season this year. Firefighting strategies are constantly adapting to environmental conditions and resources available. Resources are managed not only within an individual fire, but across regions and the nation. Several times, including during the recent high wind event on the North Zone, CalFire responded from the West Zone to requests for assistance to defend life and property. They sent staff and equipment to assist for 24-hour shifts in the Ruth area. CalFire continues to be engaged in Zenia, Kettenpom, Watts Lake, and other areas on the west side of the fire. The coordinated effort continues for positioning resources where they will be most effective. Deputy Incident Commander Tom Kurth emphasized, “We are bolstering organizational oversight while dealing with persistent fire growth and shifting priorities.”
Fire Information/Media Line: (530) 628-0039
www.facebook.com; @ShastaTrinityNF; @SixRiversNF; @MendocinoNF
Ruth and Ruth Lake
Post Mountain/Trinity Pines
Zenia and Kettenpom
The area of Kettenpom south to Kekawaka Creek
Bear Wallow and Friend Mountain, including Rowdy Bear
Indian Valley and Hidden Valley
All areas south of State Route 36 to the Trinity County Line
Wildwood area, including Peanut and the area south of State Route 299
Areas east of Alderpoint Road to the Trinity County border and south of Showers Pass Road to Mountain Creek
Residents are urged to evacuate from the fire area. Failure to evacuate diverts firefighters from protecting homes to assisting residents who should have evacuated. Evacuation information for Trinity and Humboldt counties is available from the Red Cross at 530-276-8034.
State Route (SR) 3 at Rattlesnake Road
Rattlesnake Road at SR 36
Post Mountain at SR 36
SR 36 at Humboldt County line
SR 36 at SR 3
Zenia Bluffs Road at Humboldt County Line
Zenia Lake Mountain Road at Peaks Road
Kekawaka Creek Road to Mendocino County Line
Trinity County Office of Emergency Services will conduct structure damage assessments when it is safe to do so. They may be contacted at: 530-623-8223.
Forest Closures: Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers National Forests.
Each forest has closures in place. Individual forest closure information is available online:
Shasta-Trinity National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/stnf/forestorders
Mendocino National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mendocino/alerts-notices
Six Rivers National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/srnf/alerts-notices
It is critical that all national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters. Many hunting areas are closed due to wildfire activity; for more information visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/know-before-you-go.
Cooperating Agencies: Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Mendocino Sheriff’s Office, Trinity County OES, Humboldt County OES, California Highway Patrol, National Weather Service, BLM, Cal OES, CAL FIRE