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, Oregon and New Jersey have been assigned to assist on the August Complex-West Zone. The August Complex-West Zone has burned 137,178 acres, peaking at a span of 266 miles of fire line to date, and is 70% contained with approximately 2,200 firefighters battling the fire from the air and the ground.
Firefighters continued to work overnight striving to keep active fire within control lines. Teamwork remains with our counterparts from the August Complex – Northwest Zone, as firefighters assisted with strengthening handlines and dozer lines north of Zenia and Kettenpom. Back firing tactics to control the spread of the fire and to try and mitigate any threat to our containment lines was completed near Little Round Mountain.
Today will bring cooler temperatures with moderate relative humidity. However, dangerously dry fuels in the area, combined with heavy timber and steep, rugged terrain, continue to challenge firefighters. Light winds will be present in the morning, with northwest wind gusts in the afternoon. Firefighters will continue to improve direct lines, insert hose lays to support fire lines, mitigate any hazards, monitor and suppress spot fires, reinforce containment lines and protect structures.