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August Complex

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

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North Zone August Complex
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: Daily 8am to 8pm

South Zone August Complex
Phone: 530-640-1168
Hours: Daily 8am to 5pm

Northwest and Northeast Zones Fire Update, August Complex 10.7.2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 10/7/2020

August Complex Fire Update 

Northwest and Northeast Zones

October 7, 2020

Northwest Zone Incident Commander: Rob Allen 

Northeast Zone Incident Commander: Tony DeMasters

Start Date: 8/17/2020      

Location: Shasta-Trinity NF; Six Rivers NF; Mendocino NF     

Cause:  Lightning 

Fire Size (All Zones):  1,011,493      

Containment: 60%      

Personnel (All Zones): 4,914

The August Complex has been divided into four zones: Northwest, Northeast, South and West. Southwest winds will be favorable in the Northwest zone, pushing the fire back on itself. The Northeast zone will be monitoring and watching lines closely as winds come through. Temperatures will lower and relative humidity will increase in the coming days with a chance of rain Saturday.

Northwest Zone – Yesterday crews took advantage of favorable weather conditions, supportive smoke inversions, and southwest winds to secure the fire perimeter by burning pockets of unburned fuel between the edge of the fire and the established control lines. Firefighters made good progress in containing spot fires east of South Fork Ridge and north of Ruth Lake. Structure groups continued work in the Ruth Lake Area and near Journey’s End. Crews worked on constructing direct line from the Van Duzen Road east to Lake Ruth. 


Today if conditions allow firefighters will continue firing operations in conjunction with work of structure protection groups to defend areas near Ruth Lake. Crews will continue to hold dozer lines east of Hwy (SR) 36 to South Fork Ridge. Fire personnel will strengthen dozer lines and contingency lines from the west side of Ruth Lake through the previous Gobbler and Lassics Fire burn scars to below Mule Ridge. Crews will be working to improve containment lines from Round Mountain to Kettenpom. More air resources will be relocating to the northwest zone and will be available to support firefighting efforts as visibility improves. As smoke blanket lifts, fire activity may increase and columns may become more visible.   

Northeast Zone – Great Basin Incident Management Team 2 assumed command today, Wednesday, of the Northeast Zone of operations. The zone’s Incident Command Post continues to be based in Redding, CA.  On Tuesday, the Alaska team focused both on effective operations and transitioning information to Great Basin team to enable a full continuity of operations. The control lines along Route 36 beginning at the west end, mile marker 64, were improved to reduce the threat of northward spread. The team partnered with CalFire to continue structure assessments and protection north of Route 36. A drone was flown along the South Mountain ridge to assist with firing operations. 

A priority on Wednesday will be creating line along the fire perimeter near Round Mountain. The team continues its progress on contingency dozer lines northeast of the South Trinity River. Many hazard trees are being removed along the Route 36 corridor, with structure protection on the north side nearly completed. Two additional hand crews have arrived and are beginning work in the active Round Mountain area. 

Tomorrow, the U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton’s 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force will begin operations in this zone. They are forward-deployed to a spike camp and will field five 20-person strike teams comprised of ten 20-person crews that perform the full range of front-line firefighting tactics.  

For Trinity County Evacuation, please contact: 530-276-8034 or visit:

For Humboldt County Evacuation, please contact: 707-268-2500 or visit:

Northwest Fire Information Line: (707)-867-0965 

Northeast Fire Information Line: (530) 628-0039 

Email:  @ShastaTrinityNF@SixRiversNF;@MendocinoNF 

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