With no growth over the weekend, the Monument fire is estimated at 218,457 acres and 53% contained, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service reported Monday morning, Sept. 20. The Knob Fire is holding steady at 2,421 acres and 100% contained.

As of 10 a.m. Sunday, the Trinity County Sheriff reduced evacuation orders and warnings for Trinity Village and Denny. Approximately 160 people were able to return to their homes. Check below for remaining road closures, evacuation orders and warnings.

Although the regionwide emergency forest closure order has been lifted and most of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is now open, local closures near the Monument and other fires within the forest are still in effect. All closure orders and maps are posted on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest website home page. Before visiting the forest, please check the website and avoid areas closed for public safety.

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COMMUNITY MEETING

The next Monument fire public meeting will be face-to-face at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Hawkins Bar Volunteer Fire Department station, 71 Trinity Court, Burnt Ranch. The meeting will be outdoors with speakers from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and the Incident Management Team. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the speakers’ portion of the meeting.

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MONUMENT FIRE

The Monument fire is approximately 218,457 acres and 53% percent contained. The overnight infrared flight reported no fire growth.

Sunday, once the rain stopped and things dried out, mop up and building of containment and contingency lines resumed. Progress was made building a direct line from Backbone Ridge down to the road on the northeast part of the fire.

Helicopters were able to support with water drops as well as recons north along the ridge for future contingency lines. Preparation of contingency lines with dozers and masticators continued in the Canyon Creek drainage. On the southern part of the fire hard mop up and snagging continued, with good progress along Hyampom Road.

Work was started to reopen the road to the Burnt Ranch School’s communications tower to get that back in service. Scouting was done to determine where the fire is burning in the area where Cow Creek goes into the New River, on the north side of the Trinity River. Equipment was moved out past Denny to begin preparing structures on the road toward Jim Jam Ridge.

Overnight, snag removal, mop up and patrol work continued. Minor fire activity was observed in the Pony Creek Area but remained within containment lines.

Today’s operations will continue with road preparation, mop up and falling of hazard trees. Reinforcement of direct and contingency lines will also continue in areas that remain active.

Resources: 1,325 personnel, 29 hand crews, 77 engines, 8 helicopters, 16 dozers, 8 water tenders, 14 masticators, 3 excavators.

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. Work continues with the excavator to remove burning logs from roadbeds where they were originally used

to shore up the road’s surface.

ROAD CLOSURES

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

* Hyampom Road is closed between Grassy Flats and James Creek.

* Forest Service Road 3N08 northwest to Oakridge 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, 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) is open to through traffic and residents on the following schedule: Monday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., an escort vehicle leads traffic through the closure every 30-45 minutes. Overnight, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the road is open to the public.

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 to Panther Creek due to hazard tree removal and fire debris.

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

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

* Warning: Forest Service Road 10 between Forest Service Road 3N08 and the St. John Road at the Hyampom Road intersection. Hyampom Road, east from the St. John Road to Grassy Flats Road. This includes Indian Valley through Forest Service Road 10 and Bar 717 Camp.

* Warning: All areas along Denny Road from Panther Creek east through Denny.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Daily smoke outlook at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/Sierra-Trinity

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