Resources: 1,796 personnel, 40 hand crews, 97 engines, 9 helicopters, 46 dozers, 32 water tenders, 15 masticators
Current Situation: The Monument Fire is approximately 201,968 acres and 45 percent contained.
Today, critical fire weather is predicted and a Red Flag Warning will go into effect this afternoon through tomorrow morning for gusty outflow winds, thunderstorms and dry lightning. These conditions have the potential to significantly increase fire growth around the perimeter of the Monument Fire. Residents in the vicinity of the fire area should be prepared to respond to changing conditions.
Last night, the fire continued to burn in Drinkwater Gulch, the headwaters of West Tule Creek, northwest from Jud Creek to Halfway Ridge, southeast of Pasture Gulch, and in Hayfork Creek. To stop the fire from advancing east toward Hayfork, night-shift crews completed a defensive firing operation along containment lines from Drinkwater Gulch bridge to Shangri La Lane. They also started a firing operation along Butter Creek Road/FS Road 3N08 westward. On Pattison Ridge, the fire spotted over the Pattison Peak Cutoff and crews worked to get containment lines around them. On the northwest perimeter, the fire spotted on the west side of New River and crews initiated a defensive firing operation around the structures in Hoboken. On the northeast side, the fire crossed Backbone Ridge and East Fork North Fork Trinity River north of Barney Gulch, and crews continue to look for opportunities to build containment lines.
Today is a critical day for firefighters who will be challenged by extreme fire behavior. Critically low fuel moistures, steep, inaccessible terrain, and gusty outflow winds from potential thunderstorms will result in increased fire activity and the potential for spotting up to one mile ahead of the fire front. The active fire front, burning west of Hayfork continues to be the highest priority as crews work to strengthen containment lines. Firefighters will continue defensive fire operations westward along Butter Creek Road/FS Road 3N08, as conditions allow. They will also work to contain the new spot fires that started last night, south of the Pattison Peak Cutoff. On the northeast side, the predicted weather and the alignment of the New River drainage sets up the area for significant fire growth. Crews will continue structure protection in Hoboken and defensive firing operations, if conditions allow. On the northeast side, steep and inaccessible terrain along with gusty winds will continue to push the fire north in East Fork North Fork Trinity River drainage. Crews continue to look for opportunities to construct containment lines around the narrow finger and to connect it back to Backbone Ridge. Crews will also be in Canyon Creek looking for opportunities to improve structure defense in the area.
Resources: 210 personnel, 6 hand crews, 30 engines, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders
Current Situation: The Knob Fire is approximately 2,421 acres and 92 percent contained.
Fire behavior was minimal last night and fire managers are cautiously optimistic that the fire will not move out of its current perimeter. Today, Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up, watching for any possible flare ups as vegetation continues to burn within the fire’s perimeter.
WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR: A disturbance pushing in off the coast will bring an influx of monsoonal moisture to Northern California today. Locally breezy conditions are expected in the early afternoon with gusts around 15-20 MPH. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible after 2 P.M. bringing lighting and gusty winds. Little to no appreciable rainfall is expected. Based on these conditions, Incident Meteorologists have issued a local Fire Weather Watch from 2 P.M. today though 5 A.M on Friday.
MONUMENT FIRE ROAD CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS (Trinity County):
• East of Hyampom: Hyampom Road between Lucky Jeep Trail and Halfway Ridge
• Northeast of Hayfork: Big Creek Road, Barker Valley Road, Barker Creek Road, Carr Creek Road
• West of Junction City: Big French Creek Road, Big Mountain Road, Soldier Creek Road
• A segment of State Route 299 between mile post 7.4 (near Burnt Ranch at Berg Road) and mile post 36.3 (just west of Helena) is open to through traffic and residents on the following schedule: Monday through Sunday, from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M., an escort vehicle leads traffic through the closure every 1.5 hours. Overnight, from 7 P.M. to 7 A.M., the road is open only to residents with proof of address.
MONUMENT FIRE EVACUATIONS (Trinity County): The following information was taken directly from Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Evacuations can change quickly; if you have questions about evacuation boundaries, call Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at 530-623-2611.
• Order: All areas along Hyampom Road from Grassy Flat Road west to St. John Road. This includes Bar 717 Camp. Forest Road 10/ St. John Road is closed. An alternate route for citizens in Hyampom is Forest Road 60 to Burnt Ranch. All areas south of the intersection of FS Road 10/ St. John Road south to Sydney Lane. From Sydney Lane north east thru FS Road 10/ St. John Road to Oak Ridge
• Order: Intersection Tule Creek Road at Jesse Road, south along Tule Creek Road to intersection FS Road 31N31, west on Tule Creek Road/FS Road 10 to FS Road 7, west of FS Road 7 along Tule Creek Rd/FS Road 10 to Oak Ridge of Oakridge to FS Road 3N08. All areas along Tule Creek Road/FS Road 10 through Indian Valley. Roads and areas included are Land Acre Road, Mule Lovers Lane, Buck Gulch, Cow Gulch, and Tule Divide
• Order: All areas along Hyampom Road east of Drinkwater Gulch to Cedar Gulch Road, from Cedar Gulch south to Tule Creek Road at Green Gate Road, including all residences on Turkey Track Road, Doctor Lane, Digger Gulch, Shangri La Lane, Green Gate Road, and McAlexander Road
• Order: All areas along both sides of Hyampom Road between Lucky Jeep Trail and Drinkwater Gulch, including Fox Lane, Drinkwater Gulch, and Phares Lane
• Order: All areas along Hyampom Road between Lucky Jeep Trail and Halfway Ridge
• Order: Helena/East Fork Road, Hobo Gulch Road, Big Mountain Road, and Big French Creek Road
• Warning: All areas along Hyampom Road from Cedar Gulch to State Route 3 are under an Evacuation Warning. This includes Circle Drive, Highland Drive, North Vista Lane, Murray Lane and Bean Gulch and North Talco Way.
• Warning: All areas south of Hyampom Road along State Route 3 to Salt Creek Growers. All areas West on Tule Creek Road from State Route 3 to Jesse Lane
• Warning: All areas east of Hyampom Road, both north and south of State Route 3 to Big Creek Road. All areas south of Big Creek Road to Morgan Hill Road/ Coonrod Gulch. From Coonrod Gulch South West through Kingsbury Gulch to State Route 3. This includes all of Hayfork proper
• Warning: Denny Road east from Ziegler Point Road through Denny to the Trinity Alps Wilderness boundary
• Warning: Section of Campbell Ridge Road and Woods Lane near the Trinity River along the Humboldt/Trinity County line
• Warning: Canyon Creek Road in Junction City
KNOB FIRE EVACUATIONS (Humboldt County): The following information was taken directly from Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office website and Humboldt County evacuation map. Evacuations can change quickly; if you have questions about evacuation boundaries, call Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-268-2500.
• Warning: All areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/FS Road 6N08A to State Route 299, south of Victor Creek to China Creek
• Warning: All areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/FS Road 6N08A to State Route 299, south of China Creek to the end of FS Road 6N20
• Warning: All areas east of Boise Creek to the Humboldt/Trinity County Line, south of the Trinity River to Victor Creek
• Warning: All areas east of the Knob Fire perimeter to the Humboldt/Trinity County Line, south of China Creek to Friday Ridge Road
• Warning: All areas east of State Route 299 to the Trinity River, south of Butterfly Creek Road to Friday Ridge Road
EVACUATION CENTERS: American Red Cross, California Northwest Chapter, 707-832-5480
• Fireman’s Hall Pavilion, 9 Park Street, Fortuna
• First Baptist Church, 1261 Main Street, Weaverville
LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (LAC): A LAC will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Hall (109 Memorial Drive) in Weaverville this week: Thursday, September 9, and Friday, September 10, from noon to 8 P.M, and Saturday, September 11, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
FOREST CLOSURE: The USDA Forest Service has temporarily closed all National Forests in California. Direct questions to 707-562-9113 or SM.FS.R5inquiries@usda.gov.