2021 Monument Fire Updates

Published:

***Updated 9/15/2021 at 9:00 AM

About:
The Monument Fire started at 07/30/21 12:28 PM
Learn more about acres burned and percent contained here.

Current Situation:

Redding, Calif – Unless conditions change, Monument Fire updates will be sent once each day in the morning. Today’s news release will be the last to include information about the Knob Fire. The fire is 100% contained and the fire’s size has not increased in several days. If conditions change, the information will be included in future updates and new information will be added to the Knob Fire InciWeb page.

Yesterday evening at 4 P.M., the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office’s evacuation order for both sides of Hyampom Road from Lucky Jeep Trail east to Cedar Gulch Road was downgraded to an evacuation warning. This includes Fox Lane, Drink Water Gulch, Phares Lane, Turkey Track Road and Doctor Lane. The evacuation warning area is open to residents and emergency personnel only. Residents are reminded that there is residual fire activity, fire trucks and crews will continue to be working for days and maybe weeks in the area. Fire activity can change rapidly. In all areas near the fire, residents and the public need to stay vigilant and ready to move in case the evacuation status changes. See below for additional evacuation information.

For questions about the River Complex Fire, please call the River Complex Fire Information Line at (707) 596-6075 or email 2021.river@firenet.gov.  Information about the River Complex can be found in InciWeb at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7760

MONUMENT FIRE:

Resources: 1,527 personnel, 25 hand crews, 101 engines, 9 helicopters, 25 dozers, 11 water tenders, 14 masticators

Current Situation: The Monument Fire is approximately 213,319 acres and 43 percent contained. A warming and drying trend has meant increased fire activity at the higher elevations on the north side of the fire. In anticipation of a weather and wind direction change later this week, crews have been strengthening current handlines and monitoring green areas within the perimeter for spotting and burning potential. The Hyampom Road continues to experience burning debris, trees and rocks rolling on to the roadway and remains closed to the public.

Today crews will continue to prepare along the road towards Denny in the New River drainage on the northwest side of the fire. They will finish work on the contingency line along the 7N01 Road to limit fire growth and minimize impacts to the Trinity Village community and the Highway 299 corridor, keeping the fire’s edge north of the Trinity River. If conditions allow, helicopters will be used to drop retardant and stop progression of the fire in the Dyer Creek drainage.

On the northeast side of the fire around East Fork Road and Hobo Gulch, crews continue to build direct handline where possible, assessing opportunities to secure the fire edge from Backbone Ridge west and south to the head of the Trinity River.  Contingency lines are being strengthened and structure defense operations are continuing to keep fire out of the Canyon Creek area.

Humidity recoveries have remained better in Hayfork than in other areas of the fire, allowing for heavy mop up of the fire’s edge to the west of Hayfork from Hyampom Road south to Butter Creek Road. Direct line continues to be strengthened and mop up continues along the fire’s edge to the northwest. Work continues to minimize fire impact to the Hyampom Road in very steep and rugged terrain.

KNOB FIRE:

Resources: 163 personnel, 4 hand crews, 20 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender, 1 masticator

Current Situation: The Knob Fire remains at approximately 2,421 acres.  It has been 100 percent contained since the morning of September 12, 2021.  Crews will continue mop up to maintain containment and control the fire.  Minimal fire activity is expected and will be limited to the interior of the fire.

WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR: Today high pressure will continue to build over the fire allowing an on-going rise in temperatures and fall in relative humidity. Today should be the peak of the warming and drying trend. Slightly cooler temperatures are expected tomorrow with a modest increase in humidity.  High pressure will remain, allowing smoke to settle with little clearing in the afternoon. A significant change in the weather pattern is anticipated later this week, bringing the potential for strengthening winds and the possibility for precipitation.

MONUMENT FIRE ROAD CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS (Trinity County):

  • Denny Road is closed at the intersection of Ziegler Point Road.
  • Hyampom Road is closed between St John Road/Forest Service Road 10 and Lucky Jeep Trail.
  • 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 State Route 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 1.5 hours. Overnight, from 7 P.M. to 7 A.M., the road is open only to residents with proof of address.

MONUMENT FIRE EVACUATIONS (Trinity County): The following information was taken directly from Trinity County Sheriff’s Office 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 530-623-2611.

  • Order: All areas along Denny Road northeast from Zeigler Point Road through Denny proper to the Trinity Alps Wilderness boundary
  • Order: All areas along Hyampom Road from Grassy Flat Road west to St. John Road. This includes Bar 717 Camp. All areas south of the intersection of FS Road 10/ St. John Road south to Sydney Lane. From Sydney Lane northeast through FS Road 10/ St. John Road to Oak Ridge
  • Order: Intersection Tule Creek Road at Jesse Road, south along Tule Creek Road to intersection FS Road 31N31, west on Tule Creek Road/FS Road 10 to FS Road 7, west of FS Road 7 along Tule Creek Rd/FS Road 10 to Oak Ridge to FS Road 3N08. All areas along Tule Creek Road/FS Road 10 through Indian Valley. Roads and areas included are Land Acre Road, Mule Lovers Lane, Buck Gulch, Cow Gulch, and Tule Divide
  • Order: All areas along Hyampom Road between Lucky Jeep Trail and Halfway Ridge
  • Order: Helena/East Fork Road, Hobo Gulch Road, Big Mountain Road, and Big French Creek Road
  • Warning:  All areas along both sides of Hyampom Road from Lucky Jeep Trail east to Cedar Gulch, including Fox Lane, Drink Water Gulch, Phares Lane, Turkey Track Road and Doctor Lane
  • Warning: All areas in Hawkins Bar and Trinity Village north of State Route 299 between Suzie Q Road and Gray Falls Campground, including Suzie Q Road, Denny Road to Ziegler Point Road, Lone Pine Road, Big Oak Road, China Flat Road, Flame Tree Road, Coon Creek Road, Pony Creek Road, Gray Flat Road, Emerald City Lane, and Ammon Road
  • Warning: All areas along Hyampom Road from Cedar Gulch to State Route 3 are under an Evacuation Warning. This includes Circle Drive, Highland Drive, North Vista Lane, Murray Lane and Bean Gulch and North Talco Way.
  • Warning: All areas south of Hyampom Road along State Route 3 to Salt Creek Growers. All areas West on Tule Creek Road from State Route 3 to Jesse Lane
  • Warning: All areas east of Hyampom Road, both north and south of State Route 3 to Big Creek Road. All areas south of Big Creek Road to Morgan Hill Road/ Coonrod Gulch. From Coonrod Gulch South West through Kingsbury Gulch to State Route 3.  This includes all of Hayfork proper
  • Warning: Canyon Creek Road in Junction City

EVACUATION CENTERS: For evacuation information, contact the American Red Cross, California Northwest Chapter at 707-832-5480.

  • Fireman’s Hall Pavilion, 9 Park Street, Fortuna
  • First Baptist Church, 1261 Main Street, Weaverville

FOREST CLOSURE: The USDA Forest Service has temporarily closed all National Forests in California. Direct questions to 707-562-9113 or SM.FS.R5inquiries@usda.gov.

Donations:

Donations for residents affected by the fire can be made at:

Red Cross – https://www.redcross.org/local/california/gold-country.html

Local Government Tenders: 1

Cal OES Strike Teams Task Forces: 3