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Monument Fire

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

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Email: 2021.monument@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-628-0039
Hours: 8am to 4:30pm

Monument Fire Update, October 17, 2021

Monument Fire Wildfire
News – 10/17/2021

People and Equipment:  498 personnel, 10 hand crews, 23 engines, 1 helicopter, 7 bulldozers, 8 water tenders, 2 masticators, 11 excavators, 2 skidders

Current Situation: The Monument Fire remains 94% contained at 223,124 acres. The main concerns are unstable slopes and hazard trees near homes and critical travel routes.  Emergency suppression repair work continues to stabilize areas that have been impacted by suppression activities and to return the land back to pre-fire conditions as much as possible.  This includes pulling brush over exposed ground, removing berms that were built and adding water bars to reduce erosion potential from upcoming rain events.  Hazard tree mitigation, along major roads, is also part of this work. Dead trees are being cut down to keep the roads open in the future.

Suppression repair work is being completed on the north end of the fire and efforts are moving south. For this reason, Willow Creek Spike Camp has been closed. All resources have been moved to Weaverville or Hayfork Spike Camps.

Hazard tree removal will continue along the 16 Road.  To the east, suppression repair efforts are focused on Felter’s Gulch and Oregon Gulch near Junction City.  Work is in progress in the southern part of the fire area east of Hayfork including Grassy Flats, the 07 Road, Indian Valley, Buck Gulch and the Tule Creek area.

Weather and Fire Behavior: A cold front will pass over the area mid-day and could bring rain by 3 pm. Chance of rain is 100%.  Gusty winds will be ahead of the front this morning. South winds 10-15 mph with possible gusts of 25 mph. Precipitation amounts between two tenths or three tenths of an inch are possible. Forecasted wetting rains expected later in the day will reduce remaining fire activity.

Forest Closure: The Shasta-Trinity National Forest issued a superseding Forest closure order with a map on October 2, 2021 that opens up areas on the western and northwestern flanks of the Monument Fire. Please see the order for specific roads and trails still closed. National Forest closures near the Monument and other fires remain in effect to keep local communities and the firefighters safe. All closure orders and maps are on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest website home page. Before visiting the Forest, please check the order and avoid closed areas.

Road Closures and Restrictions (Trinity County):

Denny Road is closed at the intersection of Ziegler Point Road.

Forest Service Road 3N08 (Butter Creek) is closed.

Big Creek Road, Soldier Creek Road, Barker Valley Road and Barker Creek Road are closed.

Big French Creek Road and Big Mountain Road are closed.

Travel on Highway 299 from Mill Camp Road in Burnt Ranch to 0.7 miles west of Del Loma is restricted to one-way controlled traffic with pilot car escorts every 90 minutes from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. Monday through Friday and every 60 minutes Saturday and Sunday. Each night one-way traffic will be controlled with delays of 40 minutes. To check on current highway conditions, see https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.

A temporary flight restriction is in effect for the Monument Fire.

Disaster Loans Available: Business Physical Disaster Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Home Disaster Loans are available through the U.S. Small Business Administration for qualifying applicants in Trinity County affected by the Monument or other wildfires. You can find information and apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov, call the Small Business Administration’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email distastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Other Fires: For questions about the River Complex Fire, please call the River Complex Fire Information Line at 707-596-6075 or email 2021.river@firenet.gov. Information about the River Complex can be found in InciWeb at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7760.

For questions about the Fawn or Maxwell Fires, please call the Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit at 530-225-2418. For the Fawn Fire, visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/9/22/fawn-fire/ and for the Maxwell Fire see https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/10/5/maxwell-fire/.

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