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200 Soldiers Arrive in California To Assist in Fighting Mendocino National Forest’s August Complex

As the August Complex continues to burn in the Mendocino National Forest, 200 soldiers from The US Army’s 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion have arrived to join in the firefighting efforts. The soldiers are from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state and arrived via bus near Stonyford, California Monday evening. 

According to an August 31 press release from the USDA Forest Service, “The soldiers will be deployed on the August Complex on the Mendocino National Forest after conducting additional ground training and fireline certification.”

The press releases stated, “This is the first active-duty military mobilization for wildfire support in California since the Mendocino Complex Fire in 2018.”

Randy Moore, the Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region, was quoted in the press release saying the soldiers “will provide additional capacity to ensure firefighting resources are available to respond to ongoing and emerging wildfires in California,”

A September 2 press release from Mendocino National Forest provided an overview of the current status of the August Complex: “The August Complex currently sits at 261,204 acres and 20 percent containment. The breakdown of the fires is as follows: Hull fire (13,177 acres; 10 percent contained), Doe/Glade fire (223,310 acres; 23 percent contained, and Tatham fire (15,594 acres; nine percent contained).”

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