Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Fire Update: August Complex (South Zone)
Size: 1,002,087 acres Containment: 54% Personnel: 2,327 Start Date: August 17, 2020
Cause: Lightning Structures Threatened: 2,200 Structures Destroyed: 108
WILLOWS, Calif. – Oct. 5, 2020 – On Sunday, overhead teams continued to reassign resources, build strategy, secure communications, and move crews and equipment to strategic positions near the west and northwest perimeter of the August Complex. In the south zone, crews continued to patrol the fire perimeter, Lake Pillsbury and Rice Fork.
A new incident management team is traveling to the forest and will be arriving Wednesday, Oct. 7 to manage the South Zone of the August Complex. Over the last week, the August South BAER team conducted reconnaissance and assessments of the southeastern side of the fire. The team has narrowed its assessment focus to approximately 521,000 acres. BAER surveys are rapid assessments that evaluate the burned area to identify watersheds having increased potential for post-fire flooding, sediment flows and rock slides. BAER emergency response efforts are focused on the protection of human life, safety and property, as well as critical cultural and natural resource values such as the water quality of streams and wetlands on National Forest System lands.
As in previous shifts, multiple fire engines and water tenders will continue to patrol containment lines along the long southern perimeter of the fire from Eel River to Paskenta.
EVACUATIONS: The Lake County Sheriff reduced the evacuation orders to warnings in the Lake Pillsbury Basin on Oct. 2. The EVACUATION ORDERS were 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. Map 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: Hot and dry weather with low relative humidity, light winds, and smoke/haze will continue through Wednesday, with increasing chances of precipitation Thursday evening and into the weekend.
SAFETY: If traveling near areas affected by the fire, please practice defensive driving techniques, as crews and equipment in transition will be using the road infrastructure.