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.
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
Red Cross Shelter – First Baptist Church, 1261 Main St., Weaverville
Willow Creek VFW Hall, 20 Kitmu Road, Willow Creek
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.
(530) 628-0039 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
AT A GLANCE
Monument fire as of Thursday evening, Aug. 5
Water tenders: 3