REDDING, Calif. - Fire officials announced Thursday that the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, Vinegar, and the August Complex will now collectively be known as the August Complex. All these fires have burned together.
The August Complex will be split into three zones: North, South, and West. Officials said this is to simplify the coordination of effort, ordering and release of information.
It will be managed under unified incident command between the California Interagency Incident Management Team-Young (North Zone), Great Basin Team-DeMasters (South Zone), and Cal Fire Team-Parkes (West Zone), according to a news release.
The California fire siege that began on Aug. 15 has burned more than 2.5 million acres with firefighters responding to 7,657 fires. The collective August Complex alone has burned more than 726,000 acres.
The fire is actively burning in the Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers National Forests. It continues to threaten homes and communities within Humboldt, Mendocino, and Lake counties, according to officials.