The Monument Fire is a lightning-caused fire that was first reported on Friday, July 30, 2021 at approximately 6:00 pm after a series of thunderstorms moved through the area.
The fire was discovered near Monument Peak, south of Highway 299 near Del Loma. By August 4, the fire had spread to approximately 15,000 acres and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest had requested an Incident Management Team to take over management of the fire. The fire is burning in brush and timber, mostly within footprints of previous fires, the 2006 Pigeon Fire, 2015 Happy Fire and 2008 Cedar, Eagle, Miners, and Buckhorn Fires.
The Type 1 Southern Area Red Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Mike Dueitt, assumed command of the fire on September 26.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 30th, 2021 approx. 06:00 PM|
|Location||Del Loma, CA near Monument Peak|
|Incident Commander||Mike Dueitt, ICT1; Patrick Pearson, ICT1 Southern Area Red Team Type 1|
|Coordinates||40.752 latitude, -123.337 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||69%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday November 01st, 2021 approx. 08:00 AM|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
The fire generally remains within the 2006 Pigeon Fire and 2015 Happy Fire footprints, as well as the 2008 Cedar, Eagle, Miners, and Buckhorn Fire footprints. Fuel model 5 (Brush) and a heavy down component dominate most areas. Live fuels are near fully cured levels.
Last weeks precipitation is no longer limiting fire spread. Open flames in areas of heavy concentrations of fuels under the closed canopy. Fire behavior will be moderate today. In the Trinity and New River drainages fire continues to spread by backing and rollouts with short upslope runs. Eddying winds in the broken terrain continues to be a concern along the narrow canyons.
Monitor and mop up in division G. Continue to improve contingency line to the north. Structure defense measures in Trinity Village. Continue holding along the Denny road. Keep roads open for local access.
Prep the Denny road towards the Wilderness boundary in division K. Structure defense around Daily Ranch. Keep Denny road open for local access.
Mop up in divisions L/U. Secure fire line and hold fire west of Backbone ridge. Identify suppression repair needs. Continue structure defense.
Hold line and mop up north of Dp57 and along dozer line to Grassy Mountain in division Y.
Mop up, hold, improve, and patrol existing containment lines in divisions W and Z.
The Road group will mitigate hazard trees along Hyampom road.
The BAER team will be working on the Monument fire.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Fire will be creeping, smoldering with some torching in heavy fuel concentrations under the continuous canopy timber stands. Minimal spread to the north in New River Drainage and North towards Hobo Gulch Campground. Fuel moistures are near the values reported prior to the precipitation event. The large fuels will continue to burn out throughout the interior of the fire.
The expected precipitation event will significantly moderate fire behavior. The western portions of the fire are expected to receive the highest rainfall amounts. Heavy fuels will still have the potential to retain heat. Sheltered areas and areas with a heavy timber overstory could also retain heat.
Minimal fire movement in all Divisions. Widespread smoldering in deep organic soils and heavy fuels in all divisions continues. Continued burnout of green pockets inside of control lines. As trees burnout and fall, there are concerns of rollout along containment lines in the steeper terrain.
The effects of the precipitation on fuels are waning and fire activity has the potential to pick up. Open flames in areas of heavy concentrations of fuels under the closed canopy. Minimal fire movement in all Divisions. Widespread smoldering in deep organic soils and heavy fuels in all divisions continues. Continued burnout of green pockets inside of control lines. As trees burnout and fall there are concerns of rollout along containment lines in the steeper terrain.
Anticipated after 72 hours:
The effects of the precipitation on fuels are waning and fire activity has the potential to pick up. Open flames in areas of heavy concentrations of fuels under the closed canopy. Widespread smoldering in deep organic soils and heavy fuels in all divisions continues. Continued burnout of green pockets inside of control lines. As trees burnout and fall, there are concerns of rollout along containment lines in the steeper terrain.
No daytime IR data today.
All State Resources from states other than CA were consolidated under the State Column.
Increase in acres due to incorporation of internal unburned pockets.
The Southern Area Red Team (IMT1) took command of the Monument incident at 0600 on Sunday 20210926.
Temperatures have been cooler with higher humidity across the fire today. Ridgetop temperatures have pushed into the 70s. Drainages have jumped into the mid to up 80s so far, with humidity in the 15 to 20 percent range. Gusty West to Southwest winds picked up this afternoon around 10 mph sustained with gusts around 15 mph at times.
Gusty westerly winds will increase Monday as a low pushes across northern California. This will bring rainfall to the fire. While showers are possible in the morning, the best chance will begin across Branch 50 around 1300 and spread east during the afternoon. The main push of rain will clear the eastern perimeter of the fire after 2000, with lingering rain showers overnight. There will be a strong gradient of rainfall across the fire, between 0.20-0.50 inches at Branch 50 to about 0.10 at Weaverville and Hayfork. Temperatures will be in the 60s to lower 70s, with much higher humidity across the fire.