Incident UpdateMonument Fire

Date: 08/21/2021 Time: 9:38 AM

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
145357
Containment
16
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
10100
Structures Destroyed
32
Structures Damaged
1
Civilian Injuries
Firefighter Injuries
2
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities

Current Situation

Situation Summary

Current Situation:

Overnight, the fire growth was slowed due to persistent smoke inversion allowing firefighters to continue making progress with line construction. Some areas where
the line is holding well, firefighters are conducting mop-up and patrol.

In Junction City, the containment line continues to hold well with very little fire progression. Near Dutch Creek Road firefighters are reinforcing the fire line, as the fire is backing down off the ridge into the Dutch Creek drainage. To the west of Douglas City, there was a 150-acre spot fire near Maxwell Creek area that is now included with the main body of the fire. Crews today will keep the fire to the west of Maxwell Creek. Deep canyons and steep terrain are challenging firefighting efforts. Firefighters are accessing Maxwell Creek to construct direct fire line at the fires edge around the spot fire southeast of Car Creek Road. North of Hayfork, firefighters are continuing to reinforce the fire line and are moving from the east to the west connecting the North and South Zone portions of the fire.

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 spread rates, 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.

**A new Fire Information line has been established for the South Zone of the Monument Fire. Please call (949) 433-2638.**

Community Meetings:
A virtual community meeting will be held at 6:00 P.M. tonight, August 21st, 2021. 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.

Evacuation Orders, Evacuation Warnings, & Road Closures

For the latest road closures and evacuation information 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, Sky Ranch Road, Junction City, Red Hill, Canyon Creek, Coopers Bar, Big Bar, Del Loma, Big Flat, Helena, Cedar Flat, Burnt Ranch 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:
In effect for Weaverville, Douglas City, Hawkins Bar, Trinity Village, Denny, and areas of Hayfork. For detailed evacuation information, visit the Trinity County
Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-County-Sheriffs-Office-1635934306689276/

Road Closures:
Hwy 299 is closed between Cedar Flat and 0.4 miles west of McCoy Lane Road due to fire activity and fire related rockslides and downed snags. It is an important transportation route between the Pacific coast and inland communities where closure limits access to medical care for residents downriver in the fire area.


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:

  • Small & Large Animals:
  • Hoopa Rodeo Grounds Pine Creek Road Willow Creek, CA 95573
  • Trinity County Animal Shelter 563 Mountain View St. Weaverville, CA 96093 (530) 623-1370

 

Property Damage Assessment: 

CAL FIRE damage inspection teams will continue to make assessments in affected areas. For questions and 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 at Shasta-Trinity NF .

Assigned Resources

Engines
121
Water Tenders
39
Helicopters
11
Air Tankers
Dozers
40
Hand Crews
29
Other
20
Total Personnel
1429
Cooperating Agencies
Name URL
Shasta Trinity National Forest https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7750/