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Firefighters work to get Monument Fire under control

The Monument Fire continues to grow and move closer to Weaverville. But firefighters continue to battle the fire and are focused on protecting property in homes.

Posted: Aug 17, 2021 6:01 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2021 8:58 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Calif. - The Monument Fire continues to grow and move closer to Weaverville. But firefighters continue to battle the fire and are focused on protecting property in homes.

“We've got a big contingency of resources focusing on the Junction City area and the properties there,” said Paul Hancock, a public information officer on the Monument Fire.

“We've got resources that are coming in around towards Hayfork and Douglas City because of the northwest winds that we're expecting, we're expecting the fire to continue to push this way.”

But it’s not just the weather and terrain that have firefighters on alert.

“One of the biggest factors though is the extremely dry fuel conditions,” said Hancock. “They're extremely receptive to any little hot ember that burns on the ground.”

One crew from Long Beach has been battling the Monument Fire for 12 days.

“We've kind of been bouncing in all the divisions,” said Justin Shufelt, a firefighter assigned to the Monument Fire.

“We've gone in each division. We've been Division Union and bounced over to Whiskey. We've kind of got some good spots everywhere we've been.”

More than 900 firefighters are fighting the Monument Fire.

But people in Junction City are still feeling on edge as the Monument Fire draws closer.

For Alida Braz and her husband, this isn’t the first wildfire that the couple has gone through.

“We went through this once before. We lost our homes in the 2017 Helena Fire,” said Braz.

“We rebuilt and we wanted to stay here on our property. We've got a good defensible space because we lost everything in the Helena Fire. We've got firefighters over here that are really helping us out. They tell us what's going on and we're hanging in, watching the wind.”

The couple is using their experience to get ready to leave in a hurry if they have to.

“We had a friend come up, Danny, and Carson came up out of Anderson to help us pack some stuff.” said Braz.

“She left last night with a carload of stuff that we want to save. The truck's already loaded.”

Braz told Action News Now if she and her husband do need to evacuate, they have someone they can stay with in Shasta County.

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