The Monument Fire burning along Highway 299 in Trinity County between Burnt Ranch and Weaverville has grown to 147,323 acres and is 16 percent contained.
A team of 1,715 firefighters is currently working to contain the blaze, including 23 hand crews, 135 engines, 13 helicopters, 50 dozers, 46 water tenders, 19 skidgines and 2 excavators.
“Smoke will continue to smother the fire area today, choking off fire behavior until late afternoon when northwest winds could bring some clearing,” the fire’s incident management team stated this morning. “The blanket of smoke blocks the sun from hitting the fire and keeps temperatures cooler. Based on the forecast, that trend will continue through much of the week. Firefighters will take advantage of the passive conditions to continue work on primary, alternate and contingency fire lines around the fire while also mopping up existing containment lines farther into the burn area.”
The Trinity County Office of Emergency Services is urging people to sign up with the CodeRed emergency alert system for the latest evacuation information.
Evacuation Orders: In effect for Hayfork, Sky Ranch Road, Junction City, Red Hill, Canyon Creek, Coopers Bar, Big Bar, Del Loma, Bell Flat, Helena, Cedar Flat, Burnt Ranch and Barker Mountain.
Evacuation Warnings: In effect for Weaverville, Douglas City, areas south from Barker Mountain to Haystack, the north side of Hyampom Road from Hayfork to 9-mile bridge, Denny, Hawkins Bar and Trinity Village. For detailed evacuation information, visit the Trinity County Office Sheriff Facebook page at Trinity County Sheriff’s Office | Facebook
Evacuation Centers: American Red Cross Shelters have been set up at Shasta College, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Building 1900, Redding CA; Willow Creek Bible Church, 39 Brannan Mountain Road, Willow Creek, CA; and Fireman’s Hall Pavilion, 9 Park Street in Fortuna.
Animal Evacuation: (Domestic animals) Trinity County Animal Shelter, 563 Mountain View St, Weaverville, CA (530- 623-1370), (Domestic + Large Animals) Hoopa Rodeo Grounds on Pine Creek Rd, Hoopa, CA, or (Large Animals) Redding Rodeo Grounds, 715 Auditorium Dr., Redding, CA (Sandy Ekman 530-739-8469).
Highway 299 remains closed Between Pony Creek Road and Oregon Springs Road.
A damage assessment team confirmed that 32 structures have been destroyed by the fire. For information regarding property damages, contract the Trinity County Office of Emergency Services at (530) 623-1116.