Red flag pose challenge for crews battling August Complex Fire

COURTESY: U.S. FOREST SERVICE

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM)-Crews are now challenged by numerous red flag warning days since the August Complex started August 16th and 17th.

The August Complex Fire has burned more than one million acres and has now reached 93% containment, that’s one percent more than last reported.

According to Fire Behavior Analyst Mike Beasley, any heat sources near the perimeter Sunday, needs to be monitored carefully as expected winds pick-up.

Beasley adds, if fire becomes established outside containment lines – crews can expect active fire behavior with torching, spotting and running.

Sunday’s crews are holding and patrolling fire lines specifically in areas where heat sources could linger.

Their biggest concern right now is to maintain safety as windy conditions may cause trees to possibly fall across roads.

For the safety of firefighters and visitors – the National Forests in The Pacific Southwest Region’s fire restrictions remain in effect through October 30th.

Currently – only 7% of the fire perimeter remains uncontrolled.