Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Update: August Complex (South Zone)
Start Date: August 17, 2020
Size: 1,029,110 acres (All Zones)
Containment: 77% (All Zones)
Personnel: 4,254 (All Zones)
WILLOWS, Calif. – October 14, 2020 – Coordinated suppression efforts continue with the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 1 and CAL FIRE Team 5 to protect the values at risk in the Covelo area. Firefighters completed the dozer line in the Middle Fork of the Eel River area. Controls efforts in this area remain a priority. Aerial resources will be used to support firefighters on the ground as needed.
As fuels dry out, smoke may be visible in some areas within the fire’s perimeter. Fire will also likely be visible at night as it’s expected to remain active with the dry conditions. Remote sensing data helps inform firefighters where heat exists, to help them focus their efforts.
Firefighters continue to mop-up and cold trail the fireline near Bloody Rock where heat was detected in dozer berms. Cold trailing is a method of controlling a partly dead fire edge by carefully inspecting and feeling with the hand for heat to detect heat, digging out that heat, and mopping it up.
Fire personnel and equipment are clearing road hazards, including downed and standing hazard trees, on the southwest side of the fire. This will allow access for heavy equipment in preparation for suppression repair activities. For information on the three phases of wildfire recovery visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7228/
WEATHER: A Red Flag Warning has been issued starting late tonight through Friday early afternoon. Strong winds and low relative humidity may affect fire behavior and increase fire activity in areas where unburned vegetation exists. Temperatures are predicted to warm up Wednesday.
EVACUATIONS: For the latest evacuation information status in the South Zone, visit https://tinyurl.com/MendoEvac for Mendocino County, https://tinyurl.com/LakeCoIncidentViewer for Lake County, and https://nixle.com/county/ca/glenn/ for Glenn County.
CLOSURES: 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.