Monument Fire Update
August 11, 2021
Resources: 699 Total Personnel, 7 hand crews, 68 engines, 5 helicopters, 11 dozers, 3 water tenders and 5 masticators
Community Meeting: A virtual public meeting will be held Thursday evening via Facebook Live on the ShastaTrinity National Forest page. You may submit your questions prior to the meeting at email@example.com.
Current Situation: Overnight resources saw active fire on all flanks of the fire as it continued backing down hill towards established control lines. Short-range spotting was more pronounced due to wind gusts on the western and southern edges of the fire. Firefighters kept the 50 acre spot fire near Burnt Ranch to the west of Friedrich Road. Favorable weather conditions were observed for a second night, allowing for firing operations where firefighters brought fire from the power lines and south to tie in a large slopover back into the road system.
Firefighters continued working the perimeter of the large spot fire south of Hocker Meadow near Junction City. CAL FIRE resources remain in the area assisting with contingency line constructions. Crews continued to engage the fire as it impacted the East Fork Road in Helena and successfully held the fire at the road. This morning, the Monument Fire showed a steady progression of size to 62,490 acres and remains at 3% containment. The fuels are poised and ready to burn when wind and topographical features align. When that happens we anticipate fast moving uphill runs and long-range spotting. As more resources arrive, fire managers will prioritize them to be ready to battle the fire with a quick, aggressive attack if fire spots across containment lines.
Today, crews will focus their efforts on Junction City, Burnt Ranch and surrounding communities by preparing structures, deploying hose lines and monitoring up in and around the fire to preserve structures and those values of risk. Our aerial support crews are available to fly if smoke conditions improve, they are prepared to fly at a moment’s notice to assist ground crews with suppression efforts as soon as it is deemed safe to fly. We are working diligently to return residents back into their communities when safe to do so, and we appreciate your support and patience while we work to suppress the Monument Fire.
Weather: Last night, warm, dry air remained over the region, with up-slope wind gusts of 20 mph and poor overnight recoveries with light transport winds allowing heavy smoke to fill into the region. Today, temperatures will stay in the 100s, with wind shifts from southeast to northwest up-canyon winds in the afternoon. There is a heat advisory warning starting tomorrow and a slight chance of thunderstorms tomorrow.
Evacuations: Evacuation Orders: Junction City, Red Hill, Canyon Creek, Coopers Bar, Big Bar, Del Loma, Big Flat, Helena, Cedar Flat, and Burnt Ranch For detailed evacuation information, visit Trinity County Office Sheriff Facebook: Trinity County Sheriff's Office | Facebook
Evacuation Centers: American Red Cross Shelters Shasta College, 1555 Old Oregon Trail, Building 1900, Redding CA Trinity Valley Elementary School, 730 California 96, Willow Creek, CA 95573
Road Closures: State Highway 299 is closed from 1.7 miles east of Hawkins Bar at Ammom Road. To Sky Ranch Road in Junction City. Monitor Caltrans's District 2 website (https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-2)
Animal Evacuation: (Domestic animals) Trinity County Animal Shelter, 563 Mountain View St, Weaverville, CA (530- 623-1370) or (Domestic + Large Animals) Hoopa Rodeo Grounds on Pine Creek Rd, Willow Creek, CA
Property Damage Assessment: Damage assessment teams have confirmed 31 structures have been destroyed 1 with damage. For questions or information regarding the status of your property, call Trinity County Office of Emergency Services (OES) at 530-623-1116.
Forest Closures: Effective August 7, 2021 through October 31, 2021, the Shasta-Trinity Forest has issued Forest Order No. 14-21-21 Monument Fire Closure. Information on the forest order can be found on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest website. Shasta-Trinity NF ### USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender