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CAL FIRE Evening Update on August Complex West Zone

This August Complex Map shows the different fire zones. The West Zone, all of the areas west of the thickest blue line, is all the areas in Cal Fire’s area of responsibility which explains the odd sections as the fire burns out of the federal area of responsibility and into the state’s. (Note: The fire has grown since this map was made.)

Below is Cal Fire’s evening update on the West Zone of the fire which stretches in patches that roughly range from Ellis Creek southeast of Laytonville to Zenia east of Phillipsville—almost 50,000 acres.

Important points to note:

  • The Incident start time has nothing to do with the lightning that started the Hopkins Fire back in August and more to do when Cal Fire began managing this zone.
  • The August Complex is now believed to be 755,603 acres due to better mapping. “The overall acreage of the August Complex has decreased due to more accurate mapping, intel and rezoning of the incident.”
  • Cal Fire believes they will have full containment on the West Zone by September 30.
  • Please remember that Cal Fire hasn’t been able to assess all the structures that may or may not have been lost. This large area is just one small part of the largest fire in California history and keeping track of it is difficult.
  • “Today the fire made active runs to the west and north with spotting,
    uphill runs and torching when it was aligned with drainages and topography.”
  • “The potential for active fire behavior will continue over the next few days.”

There will be a virtual community meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Details below:

Reprinted with the permission of Kym Kemp’s Redheaded Blackbelt



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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs told.

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