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 reconfigured into four 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, peaking at a span of 266 miles of fire line to date, and is 55% contained with approximately 1,600 firefighters battling the fire from the air and the ground.
Overnight, the fire vigorously burned with wind-driven torching, spotting and fire runs observed within the interior. Firefighters continued to persevere as smoke and embers pushed back towards crews as they worked to reinforce containment lines, identify any hazards, build indirect lines for firing operations, insert hose lays to support fire lines and protect structures. Today crews are faced with another hot, and dry day. Challenging conditions remain with active spot fires within heavy timber and steep 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.