Incident UpdateMonument Fire

Date: 08/28/2021 Time: 7:26 PM

South Zone Information Line: (949) 433-2638
North Zone Information Line: (530) 628-0039

Incident Facts

Name
Monument Fire
Start Date/Time
2021-07-30
Incident Status
Active
Location
Del Loma, CA near Monument Peak
Type
Wildfire
Cause
Counties
Trinity
Admin Unit
Unified Command: CAL FIRE and Shasta Trinity National Forest
Size
161133
Containment
23
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
10580
Structures Destroyed
50
Structures Damaged
3
Civilian Injuries
Firefighter Injuries
6
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities

Current Situation

Situation Summary

Current Situation:

The smoke cap that has been lingering over the fire for several days lifted and an increase in fire behavior was observed; the increase in activity did not cause the fire to breach established containment lines. South Zone crews and heavy equipment assisted personnel in the North Zone with fire line construction near Helena, protecting the communities of Junction City and Weaverville. From the North/South Zone boundary, near Coopers Bar, to the Maxwell Creek area, tactical patrol continues, and suppression repair has started. West of Maxwell Creek to Browns Ranch Road, the fire remained within containment lines and minimal fire activity was observed; firefighters will continue to mitigate hazards, strengthen the fire perimeter, and patrol the area. Crews continue to extinguish hot spots along the fire line near the Cedar Gulch area. In the Drinkwater Gulch area, north of Hyampom Road, crews and equipment are constructing contingency line to the west and south, towards Tule Creek Road to protect the community of Hayfork.

Northern California has experienced large fire activity and will likely experience an extended fire season. Fires burning in northern California are exhibiting extreme fire growth based on critical fuel conditions. The prioritization of resources is always based on life, property, and natural resources. Under these drought conditions, wildfires are burning rapidly with extreme severity and have traveled up to 8 miles in a single day. Fire spread is fuel driven and does not depend on wind speed, as we have seen in previous years. Firefighters are experiencing conditions never seen before, such as increased rates of spread, spotting and active nighttime burning. We coordinate very closely with the US Forest Service and CalOES for our local and out of state partners, to ensure resources are shared.

Community Meetings: A virtual community meeting will be held at 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 1st. The meeting will be live streamed on the CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit Facebook page, CAL FIRE IMT 5’s YouTube channel and Shasta Trinity National Forest Facebook page. All links are listed above or use the QR code to the left.

Trinity County Evacuation Orders, Evacuation Warnings, & Road Closures

For the latest evacuation information and road closures in Trinity County visit:
https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-County-Sheriffs-Office-1635934306689276

Evacuation Orders:
Trinity County – The Monument Fire continues to threaten communities in Trinity County. Evacuation orders remain in effect for areas of Hayfork, portions of Junction City, Helena and Barker Mountain. For detailed evacuation information, visit the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-County-Sheriffs-Office-1635934306689276/

Evacuation Warnings:
The areas along SR 299, West of Oregon Summit to Cemetery Road. This area includes Eagle Rock Quarry, Slattery Pond, Sky Ranch Road, Red Hill Road, Canyon Creek Road north to Ripstein Campground, Upper Road, Powerhouse Road, Valdor Road, Lake Road, the Eastern most section of Hocker Meadow Road and all of Coopers Bar Estates. Portions of Weaverville. Residents and Emergency personnel only will be allowed access to the above listed open areas.

The areas along SR 299 west of Cemetery Road thru Big Flat, Big Bar and Del Loma, to Big Mountain Road. This includes the southernmost area of Wheel Gulch, the first 2 miles south of SR 299 on Corral Bottom Road in Big Bar, Price Creek Road, Big Bar Dump Road, Lilac Lane, Pattison Ranch Road, Red Horse Road, Lakewood Drive, Orchard Lane, Clement Road, Poker Lane, Prairie Creek Road, Big Mountain Road.

The areas along SR 299 west of Big Mountain Road thru Cedar Flat and Burnt Ranch to SR 299 near Ammon Road. This includes the first 8 miles up Underwood Mountain Road south of SR 299, Friedrich Road, School House Road, Stagecoach Drive, Iris Lane, Hennessey Road, Veterans Hall Road, and McConnaha Road. Trinity Center/Coffee Creek, Hawkins Bar, Denny.

Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-County-Sheriffs-Office-1635934306689276/

Road Closures:
Dutch Creek Road at Red Hill Road. Dutch Creek Road, Evans Bar and Solider Creek will remain closed. Highway 299 at Sky Ranch Road. Highway 299 at Ammon Road. Both road closures are open to residents and emergency responders only. East Fork/ Helena Road. All of Big French Creek Road north Highway 299 and the area north of the residences on Big Mountain Road will remain closed.

Sign up for Trinity County Code Red Alerts:
https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF42F95647FB

Evacuation Centers:

  • Fireman’s Hall Pavilion (Humboldt County)
    9 Park Street
    Fortuna, CA 95540

  • Willow Creek Bible Church (Humboldt County)
    39 Barannan Mountain Road
    Willow Creek, CA 95573

  • Shasta College
    1155 Old Oregon Trail Building 1900
    Redding Ca 96949

Animal Evacuation Centers:

  • Redding Rodeo Grounds (large animal)
    715 Auditorium Drive
    Redding, CA

  • Hoopa Rodeo Grounds (large animal)
    Pine Creek Road
    Willow Creek, CA 

Property Damage Assessment: 

For questions and information regarding the status of your property, call Trinity County Office of Emergency Services (OES) at (530) 623-1116.

Assigned Resources

Engines
172
Water Tenders
62
Helicopters
18
Air Tankers
Dozers
57
Hand Crews
51
Other
34
Total Personnel
2370
Cooperating Agencies
Name URL
Shasta Trinity National Forest https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7750/
Cooperating Agencies: California Highway Patrol, CalTrans, Trinity County Sheriff’s, Trinity County OES, Trinity County Public Utilities District, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps, California National Guard, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Hayfork Fire, Weaverville Fire, Junction City Fire, State of Washington, State of Arizona, State of Oklahoma, State of Alaska, State of Wisconsin, State of New Hampshire, State of Kentucky, State of Montana