Weather Helps Crews Battling Elkhorn, August Complex

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for the Community of Platina. The threat is from the Elkhorn Fire, now 35,000 acres and 25% contained. The Elkhorn is burning in Western Tehama County southwest of Red Bank Road. It’s now under dual command with Cal-Fire and the Forest Service as part of the Tehama/Glenn Zone of the larger lightning complex. At least 1,500 structures are threatened, most of them homes. Only two have been confirmed destroyed. One firefighter injury has been reported.

The August Complex that started last Monday as 37 different fires on the Mendocino National Forest has burned 197,148 acres. Many of the original fires 30 miles northwest of Willows have merged to form larger fires. The largest is the 160,326 acre Doe Fire, which has overtaken the Ivory Fire. The Tatham fire is 8,958 acres, the Glade Fire is 18,367 acres and the Hull Fire is 4,885 acres. The complex has an estimated overall containment of 17%. Staffing is a major issue, with only 476 personnel on scene for the massive operation.