In mid-August of 2020, lightning ignited a series of fires in the North Coast Range. These fires eventually merged into the mega August Complex. As of late October, they have consumed 1,032,264 acres and are still burning (though 91 percent contained). The fires consumed a variety of vegetation across seven counties and parts of Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers national forests. This is now the largest fire in state history. It also burned along the Bigfoot Trail.
A group of volunteers have been working the trails in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel each June for the past four years. We will return in 2021 to assess the damage and clear what needs clearing after the events of 2020.