August Complex Fire West Zone burns 49,000 acres, evacuations remain in effect

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — Fire crews continue to battle the August Complex Fire, previously referred to as the Elkhorn and Hopkins Fire before they merged. As of Monday morning, the fire has not jumped the Eel River or made its way into Humboldt County.

Now the fire is split into zones with the U.S. Forest Service attacking the fire in the north zone and Cal Fire in the west zone, which is the main area of concern for local residents. According to Cal Fire, the west zone is about 49,000 acres and still 0% contained.

Crews are working to continue establishing containment lines in Kettenpom and Ruth to protect structures. The complex as a whole has burned over 755,000 acres.

An evacuation order remains in effect for areas south of Casterlin Road, including all properties on Casterlin, to the Mendocino-Trinity county line and east of Dyerville Loop Road and Bell Springs Road to the county line.

An evacuation warning is still in place for all areas west of Bell Springs Road to Highway 101 spanning from Elk Creek and Dyerville Loop Road to the Mendocino-Trinity county line in southern Humboldt. Areas east of Alderpoint Road spanning from Highway 36 to Casterlin Road are also included. The warning does not include all properties on Casterlin.

Alderpoint Road from Fort Seward Road to Dyerville Loop Road and Bell Springs Road from Alderpoint Road to the county line remain closed.