Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
CAL FIRE’s unified team and the U.S. Forest Service are engaged in a coordinated and collaborative response to take suppressive action on the August Complex, which has been split into three zones to effectively provide a response for the communities at risk. Due to resource draw down throughout the state, CAL FIRE’s Incident Management Team requested the California National Guard to assist with fire suppression efforts and as a result of CAL FIRE’s request, 138 National Guard personnel are assigned to the incident. Additionally, resources from across the state of California as well as Montana, Texas, Washington and New Jersey have been assigned to assist on the August Complex-West Zone. The August Complex-West Zone has burned 129,299 acres and is 55% contained with approximately 1,600 firefighters battling the fire from the air and the ground.
Saturday, the fire continued to burn vigorously overnight as north, north-west winds and wind gusts continued to push smoke and fire towards firefighters as they worked to strengthen containment lines and protect structures. Uphill and terrain runs, group torching and spotting were observed while firefighters continued to build direct lines where they were able to, build indirect lines for firing operations, and insert hose lays to support fire lines. Another hot, dry day is expected today along with north, north-west winds. Difficult conditions remain with the potential for spot fires within heavy timber and steep and rugged terrain. Assistance continues on the August Complex North Zone. Incident Commanders are actively monitoring the fire burning in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness, which is part of the August Complex North Zone.