Wednesday, September 23, 2020

SR 36 Threatened by August Complex as West Zone Sees Progress

Posted By and on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 12:44 PM

click to enlarge A sign put up for firefighters on the August Complex. - AUGUST COMPLEX INCIWEB
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  • A sign put up for firefighters on the August Complex.
The August Complex grew about 10,000 acres yesterday to 859,966 acres with about 39 percent containment, while the West Zone, which is nearest to Humboldt County, is nearly 104,000 acres with 45 percent containment.

The CalFire unified team will host a virtual update on the current situation at 7 p.m. today on Facebook and will be available to answer any questions submitted online via Facebook.: http://facebook.com /calfiremenu

For more information on the West Zone portion of the August Complex in neighboring Trinity and Mendocino counties, click here.

Meanwhile, the north end of the fire is pushing toward State Route 36. The U.S. Forest Service update reports that In the South Fork Trinity River area, firefighters are setting up hose lines and are working to tie that into State Route 36, which has been selected as the primary control line.

“What we’d like to do is keep that fire south of Highway 36 and keep that highway open,” said Incident Commander Norm McDonald. “But I think one thing we’ve got to get across is that it’s going to be a tough order, considering the fire behavior that we have and the weather conditions … coming over the next few days.”

The south end of the fire is burning to the north west of the Pillsbury Ranch and the Mill Creek area. According to an update, helicopters and airtankers were able to assist crews working on the ground above Ruth on Tuesday after air quality improved while dozer crews cut two lines above Ruth Lake. Strategic firing operations are also being used. Structure assessment and protection is ongoing in the area, the update states.
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