Thursday, December 7, 2023

August Complex Fire Update: Winds & Heat Creating Potential for Rapid Fire Spread


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

The August Complex currently sits at 325,172 acres and 24 percent contained. The Hull, Doe, Tatham, and Glade fires have merged to form one large fire. There are 1,070 resources committed to the Complex including: 22 crews, four camp crews, seven helicopters, 53 engines, 20 dozers, 32 water tenders, and two masticators.

Expect heavy winds Sunday that may persist through Tuesday. Due to high temperatures and gusty winds, the potential for rapid fire spread throughout the Complex continues today through Tuesday. Temperatures could range from the mid-90s on the ridges to 110 degrees in the valleys. Dense smoke in the surrounding areas is expected to remain throughout the morning, with the potential of clearer air midday.

A spot fire moved beyond the containment line in the Buck Rock area moving west towards an old burn scar. Crews will continue to contain and mop up the spot.

Firefighters were assisted with air operations dropping water from C-130 tankers and helicopters Saturday on the Hopkins fire (15,466 acres; 10 percent contained). Firefighters continue to use old burn scars and road systems in burnout operations, working along Rainbow Ridge with crews and heavy equipment. Air support will continue Sunday.

Air operations also supported work in the areas around the M1 Road near the northwest corner of the Hull fire. A spot crossed the line during a burnout operation on Saturday. Fire retardant was used to cool down the area and hand crews worked to mop up the spot fire. This work will continue into Sunday’s operations.

The burnout operations near Mendocino Pass to the west side of the Doe fire were successful and stayed within containment lines. Crews are also conducting burnout operations around the Mitchell Place on the north end of the Complex. Crews are performing these operations in anticipation of potential rapid fire spread in the coming days. The burnout operations are aimed at slowing or stopping the fire as it reaches pre-determined areas.

Mendocino National Forest officials updated the area closure for the August Complex on Sept. 5th , 2020. The Forest Order 08-20-12 and map are posted on the forest website: https://tinyurl.com/yykjydbf

Daily updates and the virtual community meeting 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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  1. Thank you Thank you , Matt.
    Heard the sudden flurry of aircraft activity and wondered what the deal was.
    I knew something was up from the sounds and Flight Radar 24.
    Can’t see Sh****T from my vantage point 5 miles due west of Lake P,
    however, ALL Lake County advisories were lifted ……For Now……..ie.

  2. Thank you, Matt for all this info. Just found your site, a friend told me about it. Great information! Haley misses you and your instruction. She learned a lot. (We are Haley King’s grandparents,) Best, Ann and Jon Maglinte.

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