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Monument fire 49,068 acres, with 0% containment

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Big Flat sustained some damage in the fire this morning, but most of the area was saved.

The Monument fire burned actively overnight west of Junction City. Smoke shaded skies lifted overnight increasing fire activity spreading the fire to the east, as winds casted firebrands and embers across containment lines. Fire crews aggressively worked to extinguish the spot fires to stop its forward progress. The fire has grown to 49,068 acres, with 0% containment as of Sunday morning, Aug. 8.

Some 528 personnel, five hand crews, 61 engines, five helicopters, 10 dozers, six water tenders and five masticators have been assigned to the fire.

On the southeast, firefighters are assessing spot fires and will be using heavy equipment and hotshot crews to secure and halt the fire progression. Firefighters plan to remain vigilant in efforts to provide structure defense, by increasing and securing fire line in the threatened communities of Junction City, Helena and Burnt Ranch.

Crews will stay actively engaged in the firefight by searching for smoldering hot spots in the burned areas, reinforcing containment lines and providing point protection where they are working. Resources continue to patrol and assess for additional needs to protect life and property by scouting, constructing and improving indirect line.

Community Meeting: A community public meeting will be held virtually at 6 p.m. tonight via livestream on Facebook Live: https://fb.me/e/Dyl6TkvF

Please submit your questions prior to the meeting at the incident email address or on the Forest Service's Facebook Event page. They have opted for a virtual meeting due to health and safety concerns. When safety permits they will reinstate in-person community meetings.

Evacuations: Per the Trinity County Sheriff's Office and Trinity County Office of Emergency Services, the community of Junction City, Red Hill, Canyon Creek and Coopers Bar is now under an Evacuation Order. Evacuation Orders remain in effect for Big Bar, Del Loma, Big Flat, Helena and

Cedar Flat. There is an Evacuation Warning for Burnt Ranch.  

For detailed evacuation information, visit the Trinity County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Evacuation Centers: Red Cross Shelters have been established at First Baptist Church, 1261 Main St., Weaverville; and at Mad River Grange, 110 Hatchery Road, Blue Lake.

Road Closures: Highway 299 is closed between Burnt Ranch and Dutch Creek Road. Monitor Caltrans's District 2 website (https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-2) or Twitter feed for current highway-closure information.

Mapping: With the current trend in fire behavior and fire growth in the evening, maps and the fire perimeter are often behind. Please visit

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7750/ as it is updated daily with infrared data that is received in the early morning.

For more information visit:

InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7750/

Twitter:@ShastaTrinityNF

Facebook: @ShastaTrinityNF

Email: 2021.monument@firenet.gov    

Fire Information Line: 628-0039 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily)

For questions or information regarding the status of your property and possible damage, please call the Trinity County Office of Emergency Services Public Information Line at 623-1116. Please be prepared to provide your name, property address and/or APN, and a number where you can be reached. As of this release, damage assessments have not been conducted. Once it is safe to enter the fire zone, these assessments will be completed. Once completed, Trinity County will provide information to property owners about how to find out if their property has been impacted.

If you have an emergency please dial 911. If you need to reach the Sheriff’s Office for a non-emergency, dial 623-8126 or 623-8127.

Follow OES on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TrinityCoOES.

Sign up for CodeRED notifications at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en- US/BF42F95647FB or go to www.trinitycounty.org/oes/codered.

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