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: 1,029,605 acres (All Zones)
Containment: 77% (All Zones)
Personnel: 3,871 (All Zones)
WILLOWS, Calif. – October 15, 2020 – Firefighters have been working to widen containment lines in the Middle Fork of the Eel River area in anticipation of changing weather conditions. Firefighters continue to focus their efforts on securing this area. Smoldering fire has the potential to become more active with dry, warm, windy conditions. Yesterday firefighters dropped water by helicopter to help cool hotspots in the area. Hotshot crews are continuing to build handline that will tie in with existing firelines created by dozers and masticators.
Fire personnel and equipment are clearing road hazards, including downed and standing hazard trees, on the southwest area of the fire to allow access for heavy equipment for suppression repair activities. On the southern portion of the fire, in the Pillsbury Lake area, heavy equipment is beginning suppression repair work in the area.
Fire suppression repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. For information on the three phases of wildfire recovery visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7228/.
WEATHER: A Red Flag Warning is in effect through Friday morning for the entire August Complex. The warning will bring strong, gusty northeast to east-northeast winds and warmer temperatures.
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.