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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
- 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