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: 1,032,264 acres (All Zones)
Containment: 86% (All Zones)
Personnel: 2,508 (All Zones)
WILLOWS, Calif. – October 18, 2020 – Firefighters completed the remaining line in the Eel River Canyon while helicopters were used to drop water on isolated areas of heat near the river. Suppression repair activities, including constructing waterbars, removing dozer berms, spreading slash piles outside of dozer line where possible, using woody material that is two inches or less in diameter to cover line, and covering 50 percent of bare soil area with woody material are ongoing along the western side of the South Zone. Saturday firefighters completed one mile of handline and one and a half miles of dozer line repair in the southwest portion of the fire. For information on the three phases of wildfire recovery visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7228/.
WEATHER: Conditions are predicted to be cooler, with decreased wind, and higher relative humidity. The high temperature is expected to be in the mid-70s to mid-80s with 90 degrees possible at the lowest elevations. Afternoon relative humidity values will be in the 15 to 20 percent range with north and northwest wind at 6 to 12 mph.
EVACUATIONS: In Mendocino County, several zones remain in evacuation order and evacuation warning status. 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.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: 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 https://go.usa.gov/x7qyk. One less spark means one less wildfire.