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August Complex

Unit Information

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

North Zone Fire Update, August Complex, 10.25.2020

August Complex Wildfire
News – 10/25/2020

Today, warm and dry weather returns. Temperatures will reach 80 degrees, and relative humidity will drop to single digits. Winds will be variable, 6 to 12 mph with gusts to 30. At 11:00 am, a RED FLAG FIRE WEATHER WARNING will be in place. The unseasonably warm, dry, and windy weather pattern is expected to continue through Wednesday.

The Northwest and Northeast Zones of the August Complex are at 95% containment. Fire personnel continue to patrol and monitor the fire parameter.

On the west side, crews are mopping up in the West Fork of the Van Duzen River. Steep terrain has made fire suppression challenging, but progress has been made. Crews expect to have this section contained soon.

The fire burned around the 2015 Picket Fire burn scar at Forest Glen but stopped at the edge of the old burn and has not moved. Firefighters are monitoring the area.

On the north end, crews working in rugged terrain near Bear Wallow and Irish Mountain have built contingency lines ahead of the fire. This area has shown little growth, and firefighters will monitor the situation and take action as needed.

In the 2017 Buck Fire's footprint on the east side of the complex, the fire stalled in the burn scar. This line is still uncontained, but the fire has not advanced, and infrared imagery shows very little heat remaining.

Crews working on suppression repair are making good progress. They are taking steps to minimize soil erosion and limit debris flows to protect the Humboldt Water Shed.

The night shift will have engines patrolling the fire perimeter as well as structures in the Mad River and Ruth Lake areas.

This will be the last update from Great Basin Team 1. Management of the fire will transition to the Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers National Forests. The leadership of Great Basin Team 1 and the three forests have worked tirelessly to ensure that this transition is seamless. The work of suppression and suppression repair will continue, utilizing the resources assigned to the fire.

Road Closures – Highway 36 remains closed from Southfork Summit Mountain east to the Highway 3 intersection. Eastbound and westbound traffic is currently being escorted through the closure at 7 am and 5:30 pm daily.

For updated Road Closure information, visit Caltrans at

Hunting and Recreation are prohibited within the August Complex Fire closure area.

Trinity County Private Property Damage Assessment Info., contact: 530-623-8223 or

Forest Closures are still in effect and can be found here:

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