Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Fire Update: August Complex (South Zone)
Size: 987,654 acres
Start Date: August 17, 2020
Structures Threatened: 2,200
Structures Destroyed: 108
WILLOWS, Calif. – October 4, 2020
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITIES: Saturday was a transitional day, with Pacific Northwest Team 2 resetting strategy and moving resources to the northwestern corner of the August Complex. The team joined forces with CAL FIRE and the Alaska IMT1 to establish priorities and assign assets to priority areas. As in previous shifts, task forces consisting of multiple fire engines and water tenders continued patrolling containment lines from Eel River, on the west side of the fire, to Lake Pillsbury in the south, and east and north to Paskenta. Also, there was some additional collaboration with CAL FIRE when personnel and resources were assigned to areas east of Covelo and south of Red Rock to share resources and improve dozer lines to gain further containment in that area.
TODAY’S ACTIVITIES: Sunday will have overhead teams in place and solidifying plans, assigning resources, and building strategy to contain active fire on the west and northwest perimeter. In the south zone, quick response resources are strategically placed in case aerial observations discover fire activity that threatens containment lines as winds shift and weather patterns change.
EVACUATIONS: On Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, the Lake County Sheriff reduced the evacuation orders to warnings in the Lake Pillsbury Basin. 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: Widespread haze with patchy smoke will continue Sunday, but otherwise partly sunny, with a high near 93. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Relative humidity will remain very low, in the 8 to 15% range.
SAFETY: It has been over 170 days since much of the fire area has received over 0.10” precipitation. Conditions still exist for extreme fire behavior, please be careful with fire.