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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 10.17.20

August Complex Wildfire
News – 10/17/2020

Update: August Complex (South Zone)

Start Date: August 17, 2020     
Cause: Lightning
Size: 1,032,209 acres (All Zones)
Containment: 80% (All Zones)
Personnel: 2574 (All Zones)

WILLOWS, Calif. – October 17, 2020 –
Firefighters held lines through the last two days of Red Flag conditions with no acreage increase on the South Zone. Hotshot crews and heavy equipment continue to hold and strengthen previously constructed dozer and handline in the Eel River Canyon.

A suppression repair plan has been developed for the South Zone. This work repairs the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. For information on the three phases of wildfire recovery visit

The east side of the fire remains unstaffed, but crews continue to utilize remote sensing to monitor the fire area and detect heat.

Flying a drone near a wildfire is breaking the law. Unauthorized drones in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. All fire aircraft will be grounded if a drone is spotted.

 The Red Flag Warning for the August Complex has been extended through early Saturday morning. Hot and dry conditions continue, with low relative humidity and gusty east to east-northeast winds.

In Mendocino County, several zones remain in evacuation order and evacuation warning status. 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. Safety hazards in the area include unstable trees that may fall, loose rocks and boulders, burning stumps and deep ash pits. 

Order No. 20-22 for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, including the Mendocino National Forest, has been extended to Oct 22. Smoking and building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire are currently prohibited. Portable lanterns or stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel within a Developed Recreation Site are allowed. More info is available at One less spark means one less wildfire.

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