Monday, September 14, 2020

'Really Good Fire Fight' on August Complex

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 10:19 AM

click to enlarge Dozers on the August Complex fireline night before last. - PHOTO BY BRIAN PAULA
  • Photo by Brian Paula
  • Dozers on the August Complex fireline night before last.
A “really good fire fight" went on in the Ruth area late yesterday, according to the August Complex management team in the morning operations briefing. About 2 p.m. a pyrocumulous cloud formed over the Ruth area and the fire grew about 10,000 acres in the north area. There were several spot fires last night

However, the fire is still on the east side of the Main Stem of the Eel River and has not entered Humboldt County. Cal Fire was able to use helicopters to drop water which was helpful.

The main August Complex in Mendocino County directly east of Laytonville made a run yesterday evening of about five miles westward. This forced additional evacuation orders in the Eden Valley, Bennett Valley, and the west face of the San Hedrin Mountain area. According to the morning briefing, the incident grew about 8,000 acres moving toward that area.

The Plan:

The main August Complex in Mendocino Complex made a run yesterday evening of about five miles westward last night. There were structures in the area and today they will need to be checked on today.

The fire is expected to be active today. “Fire along the west flank [in southwestern Trinity County] is in alignment for multiple runs to the north in a series of drainages,” according to a press release from Cal Fire.

The Weather:

Again the concern is winds. Today, though, they are expected be less gusty than they were yesterday. Temperatures could reach the mid eighties today but drop as low as the forties tonight.

The hope is that by Thursday or Friday, Trinity County at least could see some rain.

Humboldt County:

 The following areas are under an EVACUATION ORDER: Areas south of Casterlin Road, including all properties on Casterlin Road, to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line and east of Dyerville Loop Road and Bell Springs Road to the county line.

The following areas are under an EVACUATION WARNING: All areas west of Bell Springs Road to Highway 101 spanning from Elk Creek Road / Dyerville Loop Road to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line in Southern Humboldt County. All areas east of Alderpoint Road spanning from Highway 36 to Casterlin Road, not including all properties on Casterlin Road.

Maps of evacuation zones and routes are available at or

Evacuation order and warning locations are determined by Cal Fire. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services will notify residents of new orders or warnings via Humboldt Alert, online at and on the HumCoOES social media pages.

Road Closures

The following roads remain closed: Alderpoint Road from Fort Seward Road to Dyerville Loop Road. Bell Springs Road from Alderpoint Road to the County line.

USEFUL Information:

  • Evacuation for animals Humboldt: “If you have a need to evacuate animals please contact the Humboldt County Fairgrounds to arrange for drop off. HCF is also arranging for trailers if needed to transport animals. Please call 707-496-8841.”
  • Evacuations for animals Mendocino:
    • The Laytonville rodeo grounds are open for livestock. They are located at Harwood Road Laytonville, call ahead at 707-984-8100
    • Covelo Rodeo Grounds for small/large animals/livestock (22830 S. Airport Road in Covelo)
  • Evacuation place for Trinity residents: Humboldt Fairgrounds in Ferndale.
  • Evacuation place for Humboldt residents:
      • The Mateel Community Center located at 59 Rusk Lane will be open as an evacuation shelter this Wednesday afternoon and as needed. “Small pets are welcome with leashes outside the hall, no pets are allowed inside the hall due to potential allergy reactions for some individuals.  For more information about the ongoing fire evacuation center located at the Mateel visit
      • As of noon Wednesday, the Humboldt County Fairgrounds has been designated as an Office of Emergency Services County-wide Evacuation Center for both human and livestock fire evacuees. Because of COVID, human evacuees need to have trailers and RV’s and/or tent campers. See more here.
    • Redwood Acres  is preparing to take in fire evacuees, both livestock and those who have an RV or are willing to camp. There is a chance that the Red Cross may want to set up a station.
    • Fire Evacuation Information Line at 707-268-2500 for questions regarding current county evacuations and resources.
  • Evacuation place for Mendocino Residents-
    • Covelo High School for people (76280 High School Street)
    • The Laytonville rodeo grounds are open for livestock. They are located at Harwood Road Laytonville, call ahead at 707-984-8100 Harwood Hall is also open for residents feeling the Hopkins fire. They are located 44400 Willis Ave, Laytonville

How You Can Help:

  • GoFundMe for Trinity County’s Southern Trinity VFD. Click here.
  • If you would like to donate, the addresses for Southern Humboldt Fire Departments can be accessed by clicking here.
  • To volunteer or donate to assist regional wildfire evacuees, please contact:
Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify where the fire fight took place yesterday.
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