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Evacuation warnings remain in effect for southern Humboldt County as fire crews work to contain the August Complex fire, approximately 3 miles east of the county line.
This synopsis is a combination of U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE Incident Updates for Oct. 5, 2020.
CAL FIRE’s unified team and the U.S. Forest Service are engaged in a coordinated and collaborative response to take suppressive action on the August Complex, which has been reconfigured into four zones (Northeast, Northwest, West, South) to effectively provide a response for the communities at risk. Due to resource draw down throughout the state, CAL FIRE’s Incident Management Team requested the California National Guard to assist with fire suppression efforts and as a result of CAL FIRE’s request, 138 National Guard personnel are assigned to the incident.
With the reconfiguration, today the August Complex North Zone began operations as two separate geographic areas. The dividing line between the Northeast Zone and the Northwest Zone is along South Fork Mountain through Pickett Peak to State Route 36, crossing SR 36 between mile post 55 and 56, continuing north following the South Fork Trinity River. Two zones will provide more supervisory personnel, increased oversight and improved the effectiveness of fire resources. Crews who have been working in the Ruth Valley will be the same to preserve that continuity.
Northwest Zone - Personnel were reallocated from the South Zone to areas near Ruth Lake and the northwest area of the fire. Below South Fork Mountain, the fire has been slowly backing down towards containment lines to the northwest. Where crews cannot directly fight the fire due to terrain or safety concerns, they are using indirect techniques such as anchoring to road systems and using dozer lines for containment well ahead of where the fire is currently burning. Near Zenia the fire crossed existing dozer lines, but progress is being made to contain the fire’s growth with hose lays and crews.
An EVACUATION WARNING remains for the following communities:
See these zones on a map: humboldtgov.org/evacmap
If you are a regional wildfire evacuee in need of resources, please contact the following:
The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services is not currently accepting donations. Please do not drop off donations at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
To volunteer or donate to assist regional wildfire evacuees, please contact:
Pay it Forward Humboldt
Humboldt Area Foundation
American Red Cross
County residents are encouraged to sign up for Humboldt Alert at humboldtgov.org/alerts.
Air Quality Monitoring: North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District
For more information regarding the August Complex’s current impact on Humboldt County and current evacuation areas, please go to humboldtsheriff.org, visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or call 707-268-2500.