With little growth over the past few days, the Monument fire is estimated at 223,001 acres and 74% contained, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service reported Thursday morning, Sept. 30.

On Wednesday the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office removed all evacuation orders and warnings in the areas affected by the Monument fire within Trinity County. The stretch of Hyampom Road between Grassy Flats and James Creek is reopened for public use. Please drive carefully as firefighters and equipment will continue to work on Hyampom Road.

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COMMUNITY MEETINGS

The next Monument fire community meeting will be a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and the Southern Area Red Team will give an update about the fire and answer questions. Join via Zoom at https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1601245712 Meeting ID: 160 124 5712 or call in at 669-254-5252.

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LOCAL ASSISTANCE

Through this Sunday, Oct. 3, Trinity County residents impacted by the July 2021 lightning fires can access services and resources at a

Local Assistance Center at Veterans Memorial Hall, 109 Memorial Drive, Weaverville. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To prevent the spread of

COVID-19, all visitors must wear facial coverings and practice social distancing. For up-to-date information and resources, go to www.trinitycounty.org/recovery, email hhs.disasterrecovery@trinitycounty.org, or call 623-8223.

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The Monument fire started on July 30 near Monument Peak in Del Loma. It is burning in brush and timber, mostly within footprints of

previous fires: the 2006 Pigeon fire, 2015 Happy fire and 2008 Cedar, Eagle, Miners and Buckhorn fires. It is now approximately 223,001 acres and 74 percent contained.  

On Wednesday, firefighters observed fire popping up in areas of remaining heat as several days of warmer and drier weather since Monday’s rain has dried out live and dead vegetation. Firefighters mopped up those areas. Overall, crews continued to mop up, remove unneeded equipment, cool remaining hot spots and conduct suppression repair. They made good progress removing hazard trees along Soldier Creek Road and turned north to continue work toward Big Bar.

Southwest: Crews completed removing hazard trees and chipping woody debris along Hyampom Road, allowing it to be reopened today. They also competed chipping on all roads and suppression repair work on secondary containment lines on roads 10 and 11 of the 31N66 Road system east of Indian Valley. Firefighters continued to mop up bulldozer lines on and around Butter Creek Road and fireline south of Pattison Peak and backhauled equipment.  

Northwest: Firefighters did extensive removal of excess equipment, continued to monitor areas along the Trinity River and mopped up east of Trinity Village. Crews removed hose from the Dailey Ranch area and assessed what needed to be done for suppression repair on secondary firelines north to Jim Jam Ridge. Chippers were brought in for suppression repair in the Denny Road area.

Planned activities: Firefighters will continue to improve and mop up firelines, retrieve unneeded equipment and identify and repair areas damaged during fire suppression actions. Crews will continue to remove hazard trees from east to west off Soldier Creek Road toward Big Bar and on Big Creek Road. Road crews will assess Bear Creek (12W22) Road for suppression repair work.  

Northeast: Firefighters assessed Backbone Ridge for suppression repair work, working north to south. They installed hose lines, mopped up and hauled back excess equipment. Crews will do some removal of unneeded equipment, but their main focus will be hazard tree removal and suppression repair work, including an assessment of bulldozer line repair. Firefighters will continue to patrol handlines from the north edge of fire on Hobo Gulch Road to Backbone Ridge, and southern lines from East Fork of the North Fork Trinity River to Backbone Ridge. They will also patrol the eastern fire edge along the East Fork of the North Fork Trinity River and Hobo Gulch Road.

West: All along the west side of the fire, crews will continue to patrol and mop-up as needed and retrieve equipment no longer required. Specific areas of work include mop up near Butter Creek Meadows, on bulldozer lines on and around Butter Creek Road and fireline south of Pattison Peak and fire repair along secondary firelines in the 31N66 road system east of Indian Valley, including chipping on Road 11. Firefighters will assess Bear Creek (12W22) Road for suppression repair work.

Northwest: Firefighters will monitor and patrol Trinity Village, Suzie Q Road and along Denny Road for fire threats to containment lines. They will keep Denny and Buyoff Roads free of fallen and hazard trees to maintain access for local residents. Crews will repair bulldozer lines and roads up to Jim Jam Ridge, using chippers to grind up vegetation piled along roads.

A Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation team will be working on the Monument fire today to assess long-term remediation of some areas. The southeast side of the fire is cold and is being monitored from the ground and with aircraft. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will respond in this area, if necessary.

Minimal fire behavior is expected today with creeping and smoldering. Large logs and stumps will continue to burn. Areas with heavy concentration of fallen needles and other material may burn again. With a warming and drying trend, fire behavior has the potential to increase over the next few days. Areas still retaining heat include the northern portion of the fire in the Backbone Ridge area and east of Trinity Village, where fire will creep and smolder and large logs and stumps will hold heat and burn. On the southwest part of the fire between Hayfork and Hyampom, interior pockets of unburned vegetation will continue to burn with creeping and large logs and stumps will burn.

FOREST CLOSURES

National Forest closures near the Monument and other fires remain in effect to keep you and the firefighters safe. The Shasta-Trinity National

Forest closure for the Monument Fire was updated on Sept. 24 to reduce the closure area and open up areas such as Indian Valley and the 10 Road. See the full closure order for more information. A Sept. 29 forest closure order overview map highlights all closure boundaries within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. All closure orders and maps are on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest website home page. Before visiting the Forest, please check this site and avoid closed areas.

ROAD CLOSURES, RESTRICTIONS

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

* Forest Service Road 3N08 is closed.

* 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 and Barker Creek Road are closed.

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

* Travel on Highway 299 from Mill Camp Road in Burnt Ranch to 0.7 of a mile west of Del Loma is restricted to one-way controlled traffic with pilot car escorts every 90 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and every 60 minutes Saturday and Sunday. Each night one-way traffic will be controlled with delays of 40 minutes. To check on current highway conditions, see https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.

* A temporary flight restriction is in effect for the Monument fire.

EVACUATIONS

No evacuations remain in place for the Monument fire.

RESOURCES

787 personnel

13 hand crews

48 engines

4 helicopters

4 bulldozers

14 water tenders

8 masticators and chippers

6 excavators

2 skidders

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Daily Smoke Outlook: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/Sierra-Trinity.

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