Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Fire Update: August Complex (South Zone)
Size: 979,386 acres Containment: 51% Personnel: 2,327 Start Date: August 17, 2020
Cause: Lightning Structures Threatened: 2,200 Structures Destroyed: 108
WILLOWS, Calif. – October 3, 2020
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: Another day of hard work in the Lake Pillsbury region has resulted in high confidence in the integrity of the containment lines built to protect property and resources. All hose, fixtures, pumps, and other fire apparatus have been pulled and reset for potential use in the northwestern corner of the August Complex. Patrol status has been achieved at Lake Pillsbury, Rice Creek and adjacent areas.
TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Sunday will be a transitional day, with Pacific Northwest Team 2 migrating resources and strategy to the northwestern corner of the August Complex. In upcoming shifts, the team will further join forces with CAL FIRE and the Alaska IMT1. Along with that movement, task forces consisting of multiple fire engines and water tenders will continue patrolling the long containment lines from Lake Pillsbury to the west up to Eel River, and east and north to Paskenta.
EVACUATIONS: The Lake County Sheriff reduced the evacuation orders to warnings in the Lake Pillsbury Basin on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The EVACUATION ORDERS have been reduced to EVACUATION WARNINGS for all areas north of the fires edge, south and west of the Lake / Glenn County line, and east of the Lake / Mendocino County line. The EVACUATION WARNING remains in effect for all residents in the following area: All residents and areas south of fire’s edge, north of North Ridge and West Crockett Camp, east of the Lake / Mendocino County line and west of the Lake / Glenn County line. Please use this link for the County of Lake GIS map for reference: https://lakecoca.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0f7aa08cc4b74fc6a0c4308d4eace6b3
CLOSURES: Order No. 08-20-14 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: The current weather pattern will continue through the upcoming weekend, with more hot and dry weather, light and variable winds, and relative humidity bottoming out in the 15% range.
SAFETY: There will be a significant increase in road traffic in fire affected areas as crews and equipment travel to new locations to the north and west of the fire perimeter.