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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 10.13.2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 10/13/2020

Update: August Complex (South Zone)

Start Date: August 17, 2020     
Cause: Lightning
Size: 1,029,037 acres (All Zones)
Containment: 76% (All Zones)
Personnel: 4,437 (All Zones)

WILLOWS, Calif. – October 13, 2020 –
A recording of last night’s virtual August Complex public meeting is available on account is required to watch it.

The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 1 continues to coordinate with CAL FIRE Team 5 on control measures in the Middle Fork of the Eel River area, northeast of Covelo. Firefighters are constructing dozer line and handline in this area of the Mendocino National Forest to help protect local communities.

As temperatures warm up over the next few days, smoke may be visible in areas where vegetation within the fire’s perimeter continues to burn. Firefighters are patrolling the west and south side of the fire for heat. Firefighters are mopping up any areas of heat near the fireline to help ensure the fire perimeter remains secure. Firefighters are using remote sensing data that detects heat and periodic reconnaissance flights to monitor the east side of the South Zone. 

On the southwest side of the South Zone, firefighters are clearing roads of fallen trees and debris, to allow for access of equipment that will be used for suppression repair. They have also been repairing handline in the area. Monday, firefighters also conducted chipping operations as part of efforts to repair firelines in the Pillsbury Lake area. For information on the three phases of wildfire recovery visit

 Critical fire weather is expected Wednesday through Friday, with above normal temperatures and very dry, windy conditions. Tuesday, the temperature is forecast to be in the mid-70s to 80s.  Winds with gusts near 15-18 are expected out of the northwest.

For the latest evacuation information status in the South Zone, visit for Mendocino County, for  Lake County, and for Glenn County.

Order No. 08-20-14 is in effect for the Mendocino National Forest. Private 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. Hunting and recreation are prohibited within the August Complex South Zone Fire Area Closure area. Safety hazards in the area include unstable trees that may fall, loose rocks and boulders, burning stumps; and deep ash pits.  

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