People and Equipment: 168 personnel, 2 hand crews, 9 engines, 1 masticator, 3 excavators, 3 skidders
Current Situation: The Monument Fire’s footprint remains at 223,124 acres and is 94% contained. The fire is essentially out. The final phase of fighting the Monument Fire is repairing the damage to the land caused by fire fighting and chopping down any trees in danger of falling and blocking the main roads. Hazard tree mitigation continues along the 16 Road south of Big Bar and has been completed from the intersection of Soldier Creek Road to the east. Suppression repair is now focused in the general area of Tule and Butter Creek west of Hayfork. The incoming series of storms bringing rain over the fire area will of course impact the pace of this work.
Today, California Team 11, the last of six fire management teams to work on this fire, will be transitioning management of the fire to a local Type 3 team on the Shasta Trinity National Forest. The Hayfork fire camp will close down today and the new team will work out of the Weaverville Ranger District Office.
The next phase is the emergency stabilization of burned areas of the Monument Fire. Hydrologists, geologists, biologists and botanists are developing a plan for erosion control, protecting the recovering habitat of various plant and animal species and preventing the spread of noxious weeds in vulnerable portions of the burn area. A burn severity map has been completed and is available on the Monument-Knob Post-Fire BAER information on InciWeb.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Tomorrow, widespread rain across the fire area is expected to move in by mid afternoon. Rain is predicted from tomorrow afternoon through mid-day Friday and again for Saturday morning. A very wet weekend with 3 – 4” of rain is expected. Temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s with moderate winds out of the south over the burn area through the weekend.
Forest Closure: 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):
Please check https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for current highway conditions on Highway 299: work is in progress due to the Monument Fire and unrelated rock-slides.