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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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Incident Contacts

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

August Complex South Zone Update for 10.8.2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 10/8/2020

Start Date: August 17, 2020       Cause: Lightning
Size: 1,017,549 acres     Containment: 62%        Personnel: 4,799

WILLOWS, Calif. – October 8, 2020 – On Wednesday, crews worked diligently to construct line around a 300-acre slop-over northeast of Lake Pillsbury, over the M6 Road near Bloody Rock. Heat was captured by infrared data late in the night with direct suppression tactics starting after detection in the early morning hours yesterday. Aviation resources were used to restrict the fire’s progression and cool down the fire, to help ground crews safely work in the area. Helitack crews and helicopters are working in the Snow Mountain Wilderness to contain the fire’s progression. Aviation resources will be available again Thursday to drop water on the fire. As new resources are redirected to the South Zone to aid in firefighting efforts, there will be a significant increase in road traffic in fire affected areas, especially on Elk Mountain Road, as crews and equipment travel to new locations. The other areas of the South Zone remain in patrol status with engines and water tenders monitoring those lines. Through it all, the number one priority always remains firefighter and public safety.

The Southwest Incident Management Team 1 arrived at the incident Wednesday and will assume command of the August Complex South Zone Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:00 a.m.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) specialists from the U.S. Forest Service recently completed their data gathering and field work of the August Complex fire burn area. Their focus was to verify and finalize the soil burn severity map. Soil burn severity is classified into levels between unburned and high. BAER team members will now use the soil burn severity data to identify if there are areas or features of concern where increased soil erosion, accelerated surface water run-off, and debris flows have the potential to impact human life and safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources from rain events. For more information on the BAER assessment please visit:

EVACUATIONS: The Lake County Sheriff reduced the evacuation orders to warnings in the Lake Pillsbury Basin on October 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:

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 USDA Forest Service. Please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 for more information.

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