Sunday, October 18, 2020

Last Day For Marines Working Northeast Zone of August Complex

Posted By on Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 11:22 AM

click to enlarge Marines talk with General Shea after pulling hose near Pony Buck Peak. - AUGUST COMPLEX INCIWEB
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  • Marines talk with General Shea after pulling hose near Pony Buck Peak.
August Complex: 1,032,264 acres, Containment: 86 percent

Weather today will be similar to yesterday with temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s over the fire area. Humidity remains low. Winds are expected to be mild from the north-northwest at 5 to 10 mph.

In the Northwest Zone, firefighters worked to improve containment lines near the Double Gate Ridge in the Kettenpom area while crews backhauled equipment in areas where the containment lines have been completed. The current focus is on mopping up, suppression repair and "working to return hand and dozer line back to its natural state," according to today's update.

Work continues on patrolling and improving control lines from Zenia up to Summit Flat, removing hazard trees and strengthening containment lines at Coffee Pot. PG&E helicopters are flying from Ruth Lake to replace damaged power poles and restore power to affected communities.

In the Northeast Zone, helicopters supported firefighters with targeted bucket drops of retardant on ridgelines. Other help is wrapping up. "Today will be the last operational day on the fireline for the 230 Marines from the 7th Engineer Support Batalion 1st Marine Logistics Group out of Camp Pendleton," the update states.

Firefighters will continue to secure and fortify fire lines near Progeny and Bear Wallow Mountain. Cal Trans is working on replacement and repair of guardrail and removal of over hazardous trees along State Route 36.

The West Zone has reached 100 percent containment.

Read more about the fire here.
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