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August Complex

Unit Information

Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988

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Incident Contacts

North Zone August Complex
Email: 2020.elkhorn@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: Daily 8am to 8pm

South Zone August Complex
Email: 2020.augustcomplex.south@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-640-1168
Hours: Daily 8am to 5pm

West Zone Fire Update, August Complex, 10.6.2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 10/6/2020

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 134,836 acres, peaking at a span of 266 miles of fire line to date, and is 60% contained with approximately 1,600 firefighters battling the fire from the air and the ground.

Fire activity increased overnight with areas of isolated torching observed. Active fire behavior remained above the community of Zenia and continued to move towards the south and west in Buttermilk Creek. Dangerously low humidity levels; which are unprecedented for this area; remain a hinder to fire suppression efforts. Firefighters persevered as they continued to reinforce containment lines, identify any hazards, improve indirect lines, insert hose lays to support fire lines and protect structures.

Today will bring more high temperatures with low humidity. Terrain driven south, southeast winds will be present in the morning, with south, southwest winds and wind gusts up to 17 miles per hour in the afternoon and evening. Challenging conditions remain with active spot fires within heavy timber and steep rugged terrain as crews work to hold the fire within current control lines and strengthen containment lines. Assistance continues on the August Complex – North Zone. Incident Commanders continue to monitor the fire burning in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness, which is part of the August Complex – North Zone.

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