Monument fire

Fire burns Wednesday evening, Aug. 4, on both sides of Highway 299 Downriver.

The Monument fire continues to burn west of Big Bar, along both sides of Highway 299 and east of Cedar Flat. The fire has grown to 24,719 acres with 0% containment, according to a U.S. Forest Service release, continuing to threaten the communities of Big Bar, Del Loma, Big Flat, and Burnt Ranch.

Thursday afternoon, Aug. 5, there was an increase in fire activity due to northwest diurnal winds with short range spotting and uphill runs in steep terrain. Crews remain engaged in structure defense and establishing additional containment lines. Crews continue to patrol the fire perimeter, monitoring the fire growth and activity.

Electrical transmission and distribution lines have been de-energized due to impact of fire.

Structure protection is the operational priority for night resources in and around the threatened communities.

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory Evacuation for Big Flat

Residents of Big Flat are encouraged to go to the Red Cross Shelter in Weaverville located at 1261 Main Street.

Evacuation orders remain in effect for Del Loma, Big Bar, and Cedar Flat  

Evacuation warning for the communities of Helena, Junction City, Coopers Bar, Red Hill and Canyon Creek

For additional evacuation information, visit Trinity County Sheriff's Office | Facebook

Evacuation Centers:

Red Cross Shelter – First Baptist Church, 1261 Main St., Weaverville

Willow Creek VFW Hall, 20 Kitmu Road, Willow Creek

COMMUNITY MEETING

Thursday evening a meeting was held in Junction City with more than 130 community members present to discuss mandatory evacuations and the current fire situation.

ROAD AND FOREST CLOSURES

Highway 299 is closed from 3 miles east of Burnt Ranch to 3 miles east of Big Bar. Monitor Caltrans's District 2 website (https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-2) or Twitter feed for current highway-closure information.

FIRE INFORMATION

(530) 628-0039 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Email: shastatrinity.pao@gmail.com

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

AT A GLANCE

Monument fire as of Thursday evening, Aug. 5

Acres: 24,719

Containment: 0%

Personnel: 319

Crews: 4

Dozers: 8

Helicopters: 5

Engines: 24

Water tenders: 3

Masticators: 5

Skidgine: 1

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