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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: August Complex – west
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: MEU
  • Size (acres): 859,966 (All Zones)
  • Percent Contained: 45%
  • Estimate of Containment: September 30, 2020
  • Personnel: 2,144
  • Structures Destroyed: 51

August Complex West Zone, Mendocino Unit, Cal Fire. IMT 1 (Cal Fire Team 5). Four miles northeast of Covelo, CA. Timber, chaparral and tall grass. Moderate fire behavior with creeping, uphill runs and smoldering. Several communities and communication infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

September 23, 2020 at 7:15 AM

The current acreage of the August Complex West Zone is 103,628 acres and is 45% contained. Some evacuation orders and warnings have been reduced and are constantly evaluated as anticipated and observed fire conditions change. Overnight, firing operations near Lake Pillsbury continued in an effort to eliminate isolated pockets of unburned fuels, while in areas experiencing diminished fire behavior further north, firefighters continued mop-up and direct fire attack. Smoke is highly visible due to the fire making isolated uphill runs when aligned with topography, firing operations, active pockets of fire and multiple areas with smoldering and creeping fire.

September 22, 2020 at 7:36 AM

The current acreage of the August Complex West Zone is 95,168 acres and is 35% contained. Some evacuation orders and warnings have been reduced and are constantly evaluated as anticipated and observed fire conditions change. Favorable weather conditions allow firing operations near Lake Pillsbury to proceed in an effort to eliminate isolated pockets of unburned fuels, while areas experiencing diminished fire behavior further north, firefighters continued mop-up and direct fire attack. Smoke continues to be highly visible due to firing operations, active pockets of fire and multiple areas with smoldering and creeping fire.

September 20, 2020 at 11:21 AM

Overnight weather conditions have resulted in the fire backing down toward containment lines in some areas. The fire continues to make short runs within isolated interior pockets and burning operations near Lake Pillsbury are causing smoke to be highly visible. The August Complex West-Zone total fire line spans approximately 195 miles.

September 18, 2020 at 7:23 AM

CAL FIRE’s Incident Management team ordered the National Guard to assist with fire suppression efforts due to resource draw down throughout the state. The current acreage of the August Complex West Zone is 86,289 acres and is 7% contained. Resources from across the state of California as well as Montana, Idaho, Texas, and New Jersey have been assigned to assist on the August Complex-West Zone. Overnight the fire remained active in the southern portion, making uphill runs and torching when it was aligned with drainages and topography. The potential for active fire behavior will continue throughout the day.

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September 16, 2020 at 7:50 AM

CAL FIRE’S unified team and the U.S. Forest Service are engaged in a coordinated response to take suppressive action on the August Complex, which has been split into three zones to effectively provide a response for the communities at risk.

The complexity of four teams managing one fire resulted in some acres being counted twice. Reconciliation of the acreage calculations puts the current acreage of the August Complex West Zone at 42,171 acres.

Resources from across the state of California as well as Montana, Utah, Texas, and New Jersey have been assigned to assist on the August Complex West Zone.

The fire remained active last night, with moderate fire behavior and isolated torching observed within the fire perimeter. The fire continues to make uphill slope-driven runs when in alignment with topography.

A low-pressure system sitting off the west coast will make little progress toward the fire today, resulting in similar weather for tomorrow. Relative humidity will remain low with poor overnight recoveries for the upper slopes and ridge, allowing the fire to remain active through the night.

For the latest road closures and evacuation information in Humboldt County please visit Humboldtgov.org/evacmap

For the latest road closures and evacuation information in Mendocino County, please visit https://tinyurl.com/MendoEvac