Trinity County residents are certain to remember the start of August one year ago, when the Monument fire started to spread from the Big Bar area after a lightning strike. Nearly every community in the county was threatened, or had reason to be worried, while others were evacuated. After choking on smoke for almost three months, residents and visiting firefighters were given a breath of fresh air in the news that the fire was essentially out.

Last week, after a burn pile reportedly started a wildland fire in the middle of Trinity Village, Fire Chief Todd Wright expressed astonishment that someone would consider burning after weeks of temperatures nearing 100 degrees. Neighbors in the area came out to help get the fire under control but are likely not happy with the neighbor who started the fire.

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