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August Complex North Zone

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

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August Complex-North Zone Incident Update

August Complex North Zone Wildfire
News – 9/11/2020

As of 6:00 AM, Friday, September 11, 2020, the fires that were formally known as Elkhorn, Hopkins, Vinegar Peak and Willow Basin will now be reported as the August Complex-North Zone.  The North Zone will be managed by California Interagency Management Team 5, under the direction of Rick Young, Incident Commander.  The August Complex-North Zone is burning on the Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests.

A Virtual Public Meeting will be live streamed Friday, September 11, 2020 at 7:00PM for the August Complex-North Zone. The meeting will be broadcast on Shasta Trinity National Forest Facebook @ShastaTrinityNF, Six Rivers National Forest Facebook @SixRiversNF and Mendocino National Forest @MendocinoNF.  If you would like questions answered during the virtual public meeting, please submit them through the Facebook pages.

The August Complex-North Zone will release one morning information update with fire facts and a current situation overview. Also, throughout the day as changes or significant events occur, information will be posted to Facebook, Twitter and Inciweb at the above addresses.

Current Situation: With limited resources assigned to the August Complex-North Zone, the priority will be on structure protection in the Ruth Valley, south of Ruth (Six Rivers National Forest).  As the fire becomes more active throughout the day, firefighters will reposition to provide structure protection where needed.   On the North perimeter, (Shasta-Trinity National Forest) the priority is to improve the containment line along Forest Road 35.  Firefighters will continue to use tactical firing operations to widen the containment lines and stop the forward progress of the fire.   The east perimeter near Red Bluff is in mop-up and patrol status. 

Weather: Significant smoke shading over the fire area will moderate daytime temperatures. Relative humidity is increasing with some onshore flow.  Winds will generally be light as a stable air mass continues to dominate the weather pattern.

Smoke Outlook: Smoke impacts from the fire are expected to be Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy conditions over the next 24 hours.

Evacuation Orders and Warnings for Mendocino, Humboldt, Tehama and Trinity Counties.

Mendocino County: Evacuation Orders

  • Zone S - South of County Line, East of Bell Springs Rd, North of Bell Springs Creek and West of the North Fork of the Eel River. 

  • Zone Q - South of the County Line, West and North of the North Fork of the Eel River and North and East of Bald Mountain Rd.

Evacuation Warnings

  • Zone U - South of the County Line, East and North of the East Branch of the South Fork of the Eel River, West of Bell Springs Rd.

  • Zone T - South of Bell Springs +ek, East of Bell Springs Rd, North of Iron Pek and Simmerly Rd, West of the Eel River.

  • Zone R - West of south of Mina Rd, South of the North Fork of Eel River, East of the Eel River.

  • Zone P - South of the County Line, East of the Mina Rd, North of Hulls Valley Rd and West of Hulls Creek.

  • Zone O - South of the County Line, East of Hulls Creek, North of Mendocino Pass Rd, and West of Williams Creek.

Evacuation Point:  Covelo High School, 76280 High School Street, Covelo, CA

Small/Large Animal and Livestock Care: Covelo Rodeo Grounds, 77286 Covelo Rd, Covelo, CA.  Laytonville Rodeo Grounds are open for livestock (Harwood Rd, Laytonville, CA).

Trinity County: Evacuation Orders

  • Ruth, Zenia, Kettenpom, Hettenshaw Valley

Evacuation Warnings

  • Ruth Lake, Mad River, Forest Glen and Post Mountain

Evacuation Point: Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th Street, Ferndale, CA 95536

Humboldt County: Evacuation Line for Humboldt County residents is 707-268-2500.

Evacuation Orders

  • Areas south of Highway 36 in Bridgeville, and all communities along Alderpoint Road down to the Mendocino/Trinity County Line.

Evacuation Warnings

  • Areas west of Bell Springs Road to Highway 101 spanning from Alderpoint Road to the Mendocino/Trinity County Line (including Garberville).

  • Alderpoint, Palo Verde, Island Mountain and Harris

Forest Closures: Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers National Forests.

Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has closed all 18 national forests in California.  This includes the Mendocino, Shasta- Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. It is critical that all national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters. If you have specific questions about forest closures, please call your local Forest Service office.

Cooperating Agencies: Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Mendocino Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, National Weather Service, BLM, Cal OES, CALFIRE


Safety Message: Smoke will limit visibility while driving, please use caution as firefighters and equipment are working in the fire area.

Wildfire Preparedness: Plan, Know and Act.  Please be ready if a wildfire nears your property or community.  For more information visit the following webs at:  www.readyforwildfire.org/