Wednesday, November 29, 2023

August Complex Fire Grows as Weather Patterns Could Increase Fire Activity


The following is a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Soldiers training in the black as they learn how to grid for smokes at Alder Springs, CA September 2nd, 2020 (USDA Forest Service photo by Terry Krasko).

An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all Mendocino County areas within the Mendocino National Forest, north of Hull Mountain. This action is necessary to address the fact that numerous private in-holdings (cabins, primary residences, and undeveloped private lands) exist within the boundary of the Mendocino National Forest. Residents are asked to be prepared for possible evacuation. Weather forecasts predict a shift from southwesterly to northeasterly winds from Monday through Tuesday, which may increase fire activity in the Complex. A breakdown of the warning levels can be found at: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/ready-set-go/

The Hull, Doe, Tatham, and Glade fires have merged to form one large fire. The individual breakdown of the fires are as follows: Hull fire (13,177 acres; 10 percent contained), Doe fire (258,192 acres; 23 percent contained), Tatham fire (15,594 acres, 9 percent contained).

Firefighters have completed burnout operations from Bald Mountain, working east down the M61 road to the M1 road, to address spot fires and contain the fire’s movement toward Monkey Rock.

Additional resources have been brought in to assist with containment on the Hopkins fire located in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness and Shasta Trinity National Forest. Heavy equipment, hotshot crews and aircraft are working on this fire.

The August Complex currently sits at 298,269 acres and 23 percent containment. There are 1,015 resources committed to the Complex including: 22 crews, four camp crew, seven helicopters, 50 engines, 19 dozers, 26 water tenders, and three masticators.

Mendocino National Forest officials issued a new closure for the August Complex on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. The Forest Order 08-20-11 and map are posted on the forest website: https://tinyurl.com/yy56h496.

Daily updates and the virtual community meeting held on Wednesday, September 2nd can be found on the Mendocino National Forest Facebook page, located at: www.facebook.com/MendocinoNF.

The most up to date information on the August Complex can be found on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/.

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