The Monument fire is estimated at 215,944 acres and 50% contained, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service reported Thursday morning, Sept. 16.  The Knob Fire is estimated at 2,421 acres and 100% contained.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest will remain closed until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. The Monument fire area closure will remain

in place, along with other local closure orders. All Shasta-Trinity National Forest closures can be viewed on the forest website. Before going into the forest, please check the website and know what areas are open and where the forest is closed for public safety.

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COMMUNITY MEETINGS

There will be two face-to-face community meetings today, Sept. 16. The first will be at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department in Hyampom at 11 a.m. The second will be at 3 p.m. at Hayfork Park off Highway 3. The meetings will be outdoors and include operations information about the Monument and Knob fires and an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

There will be a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. People will be able to attend on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Facebook page, on Zoom or by calling in. Links and additional information will be available tomorrow.

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MONUMENT FIRE

Wednesday fire behavior was active in the afternoon, after the smoke inversion lifted at approximately 4 p.m. Fire flanked west into the wind above Hyampom Road and actively burned in pockets of green fuel inside the fire’s edge on the north side of the Hayfork Creek drainage.

The northwest side of the fire in the New River area began active burning earlier than other areas because smoke lifted and winds were brisk on the ridge tops. The clear air allowed aircraft to get over the fire, and fire retardant and water drops were successfully made in that area. Fire spread was limited in the drainage between Limestone and Backbone Ridge due to the north-northwest winds and smoke coverage but remained active.

Overnight the fire continued to be active until 4 a.m. this morning, when it moderated somewhat. Crews were deepening containment lines on the southwest portion of the fire and caught and lined around one spot that went over the line. Burning debris rolling down hill near Hyampom Creek caused a 7-acre spot fire. Crews worked to prevent rollout in the Backbone Ridge area.  Burning around the Denny Road was more moderate than other areas of the fire.

Today crews will continue to hold and mop up current lines, working to get ahead of rollouts and slop overs from last night, and preparing for an increase in fire activity once the smoke inversion lifts and winds increase this afternoon and evening.

Resources: 1,402 personnel, 26 hand crews, 95 engines, 12 helicopters, 16 dozers, 12 water tenders, 16 masticators.

KNOB FIRE

The Knob fire remains at approximately 2,421 acres and 100 percent contained. Fire behavior continues to be primarily isolated low-intensity surface fire within the control lines. No growth has been reported as the fire slowly consumes unburned fuels within the containment lines.

ROAD CLOSURES

* Denny Road is closed at the intersection of Ziegler Point Road.

* Hyampom Road is closed between St John Road/Forest Service Road 10 and Lucky Jeep Trail (between Little Creek and James Creek.)

* Tule Creek Road at Jesse Road is closed to everyone except those with proof of residency.

* Big Creek Road, Soldier Creek Road, Barker Valley Road, Barker Creek Road, and Carr Creek Road are closed.

* Big French Creek Road and Big Mountain Road are closed.

* A segment of Highway 299 between mile post 7.4 (near Burnt Ranch at Berg Road) and mile post 36.3 (just west of Helena). See adjacent story for more details.

EVACUATIONS

The following information was taken directly from Trinity County Sheriff’s Facebook page. Evacuation orders and warnings can

be issued or change suddenly; if you have questions about evacuation boundaries, call Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at 623-2611.

* Order: All areas along Denny Road northeast from Zeigler Point Road through Denny proper to the Trinity Alps Wilderness boundary.

* Order: All areas along Hyampom Road from Grassy Flat Road west to St. John Road. This includes Bar 717 Camp. All areas south of the intersection of FS Road 10/ St. John Road south to Sydney Lane. From Sydney Lane northeast through FS Road 10/ St. John Road to Oak Ridge.

* Order: Intersection Tule Creek Road at Jesse Road, south along Tule Creek Road to intersection FS Road 31N31, west on Tule Creek Road/FS Road 10 to FS Road 7, west of FS Road 7 along Tule Creek Rd/FS Road 10 to Oak Ridge to FS Road 3N08. All areas along Tule Creek Road/FS Road 10 through Indian Valley. Roads and areas included are Land Acre Road, Mule Lovers Lane, Buck Gulch, Cow Gulch, and Tule Divide.

* Order: All areas along Hyampom Road between Lucky Jeep Trail and Halfway Ridge.

* Order: Helena/East Fork Road, Hobo Gulch Road, Big Mountain Road, and Big French Creek Road.

* Warning:  All areas along both sides of Hyampom Road from Lucky Jeep Trail east to Cedar Gulch, including Fox Lane, Drink Water Gulch, Phares Lane, Turkey Track Road and Doctor Lane.

* Warning: All areas in Hawkins Bar and Trinity Village north of Highway 299 between Suzie Q Road and Gray Falls Campground, including Suzie Q Road, Denny Road to Ziegler Point Road, Lone Pine Road, Big Oak Road, China Flat Road, Flame Tree Road, Coon Creek Road, Pony Creek Road, Gray Flat Road, Emerald City Lane, and Ammon Road.

* Warning: All areas along Hyampom Road from Cedar Gulch to State Route 3 are under an Evacuation Warning. This includes Circle Drive, Highland Drive, North Vista Lane, Murray Lane and Bean Gulch and North Talco Way.

* Warning: All areas south of Hyampom Road along Highway 3 to Salt Creek Growers. All areas West on Tule Creek Road from Highway 3 to Jesse Lane.

* Warning: All areas east of Hyampom Road, both north and south of Highway 3 to Big Creek Road. All areas south of Big Creek Road to Morgan Hill Road/Coonrod Gulch. From Coonrod Gulch South West through Kingsbury Gulch to Highway 3. This includes all of Hayfork proper.

* Warning: Canyon Creek Road in Junction City.

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