Incident UpdateMonument Fire

Date: 08/24/2021 Time: 9:41 AM

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
152125
Containment
20
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
13100
Structures Destroyed
50
Structures Damaged
3
Civilian Injuries
Firefighter Injuries
2
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities

Current Situation

Situation Summary

Current Situation:

The fire line near Junction City remains in patrol status and some evacuation orders have been reduced to evacuation warnings allowing residents to repopulate in some areas. In the Dutch Creek drainage, crews will strengthen the fire line and continue tactical patrol. Steep terrain and limited access from Dutch Creek to Maxwell Creek is impeding firefighter efforts as burning debris rolls down-slope creating spot fires across the fire line. From Maxwell Creek to the Barker Creek Road area, crews continue to construct fire line and eliminate pockets of unburned fuel. Near Barker Creek to Cedar Gulch, the fire perimeter is holding at the fire line and crews will strengthen the line and patrol the area. West of Cedar Gulch, crews continue to chase and contain spot fires while constructing fire and contingency lines.


Warming and drying conditions will continue today while dense smoke partially clears in the afternoon hours in the Hayfork area. Stronger terrain driven winds are
expected late afternoon into early evening and will diminish overnight with moderate humidity recovery.

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. Wednesday, August 25th, 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.

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:

  • Warehouse (small animal)
    145 Locust Street
    Redding, CA

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

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

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.

Assigned Resources

Engines
145
Water Tenders
33
Helicopters
14
Air Tankers
Dozers
51
Hand Crews
39
Other
11
Total Personnel
1798
Cooperating Agencies
Name URL
Shasta Trinity National Forest https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7750/