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August Complex: Ruth Lake and Lake Pillsbury are areas of concern for firefighters

Map for Sept. 24 of the August Complex North Zone

CAL FIRE’S unified team and the U.S. Forest Service are engaged in a coordinated response to take suppressive action on the August Complex, which has been split into three zones to effectively provide a response for the communities at risk. It is listed as the largest wildfire in California history.

Posted: Aug 16, 2020 3:21 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2020 11:13 AM

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. - As of Saturday, September 26, 2020, the entire August Complex has grown to 870,200 acres. Containment has increased to 43%.  35 structures have been destroyed and 1,595 are still threatened.

State Route 36 is closed from the junction with State Route 3 on the east to South Fork Mountain Road at South Fork Mountain Summit on the west. The estimated time of reopening is dependent on fire operations and fire behavior. County officials will be on-site for directing traffic.

Contact Information Lines

West Zone - (707)355-4926

North Zone - (530)628-0039

South Zone - (530)487-4602

Firefighters are doing everything they can to keep the fire south of State Route 36. Aircraft will assist the firefighters as they work to secure the northeast corner near Forest Glen. Strategic firing operations will continue to reduce unburned fuels between the highway and the fire. This will decrease the intensity of the fire as it approaches the road, and supports firefighters in their efforts to hold the fire south of Route 36.

Firefighters are working with dozers and other heavy equipment east of Ruth to “secure, control, and gain depth along the fireline there,” said Operations Section Chief Jon Glover. This is a critical operation to complete before the wind shift on Sunday. “We are really trying to button up the control lines in the Ruth area ahead of the forecast wind shift,” said Planning Operations Section Chief Karen Scholl.

North Zone Update – Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers National Forests:

Work has been ongoing for several days to improve control lines, install and test hose lays, and to ensure that structure protection measures are in place in the Lake Pillsbury area. The east side of the South Zone is fully contained and is being patrolled with aircraft to identify any threats to control lines.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for hot, dry, and windy conditions. The increasing winds, higher temperatures, and lower humidity are expected to reach the area Saturday and will influence fire behavior through Tuesday. Gusty winds may lead to an increase in smoke production and allow smoke from other fires to move into the region.

Crews are working hard to complete the firelines above Ruth Lake ahead of the forecasted wind shift. Dozers and masticators are supporting hand crews to bring the fire down to containment lines. The incident team says this is an area of prime concern, with the predicted wind shift and critical fire weather expected this weekend. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from early Sunday morning through Monday morning.

There are 10 helicopters assigned to the North Zone of the fire, using water drops to help firefighters on the ground to cool hot spots. Aerial supervision guides crews as they build and strengthen containment lines from Ruth north to Forest Glen.

For information on the West Zone of the August Complex, call (707) 355-4926 or CLICK HERE.


Evacuation Orders and Warnings for the North Zone of the August Complex:

The evacuation point is still the Hayfork Fairgrounds, Hayfork, CA. 

Trinity County: Evacuation Orders

  • Ruth and Ruth Lake
  • Forest Glen
  • Post Mountain/Trinity Pines
  • Three Forks

Trinity County: Evacuation Warnings

  • Mad River
  • Hettenshaw Valley
  • The north area of Ruth Lake from Journey's End to Highway 36
  • Zenia Kettenpom

Road Closures

  • The CHP says Highway 36 is closed from the junction with Highway 3 to South Fork Mountain Road in Trinity County for firefighting operations. The closure started at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. The estimated time of reopening depends on fire operations and fire behavior. There will be CHP officials onsite directing traffic.

Temporary Evacuation Point

  • Hayfork Fairgrounds
    • Evacuees can proceed there to receive hotel accommodation instructions and will be asked to proceed to a hotel in Lewiston or Weaverville for safe, non-congregate sheltering

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 803660

Reported Deaths: 15516
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2657756488
Riverside581781189
San Bernardino53669922
Orange529041204
San Diego46001775
Kern31785361
Fresno28106382
Sacramento22026402
Alameda21028404
Santa Clara20882306
San Joaquin20194441
Stanislaus16452348
Contra Costa16327204
Tulare15897259
Ventura12617147
Imperial11781317
San Francisco1103899
San Mateo9785150
Monterey977270
Santa Barbara9003113
Merced8846140
Kings763177
Sonoma7320120
Marin6672117
Solano630963
Madera448165
Placer354244
San Luis Obispo351029
Butte280343
Yolo278955
Santa Cruz23199
Sutter169611
Napa166113
San Benito133111
Yuba11437
El Dorado10984
Mendocino89918
Shasta77717
Lassen7370
Glenn5743
Tehama5404
Lake53411
Nevada5317
Colusa5276
Humboldt5017
Calaveras31414
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
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Chico
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Oroville
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Chester
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A RED FLAG WARNING will be in place Saturday night through Monday evening due to strong winds and dry weather predicted.
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