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TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. - The Monument Fire has now burned 218,457 acres and is 53% contained. These numbers reflect a growth of 1,337 acres and an additional 3% containment since Friday night.
Close to 1,300 people are involved on firefighting crews and administration of firefighting activities.
On Friday smoke lifted earlier than expected and winds remained light, allowing more use of aircraft. They flew over the Cow Creek area on the northwest side of the fire and along Backbone Ridge by Stoveleg Gap on the northeast, dropping water and retardant where appropriate. Four scoopers worked along Hobo Gulch Rd. for part of the afternoon before they were called away to assist on the River Complex.
Work was done in the Canyon Creek area with improved bulldozer lines and brush removal.
Heavy mop-up operations were completed west of Hayfork and that area is now considered contained.
The fire's edge is lined and was holding along Butter Creek to Grassy Mountain and back over to the Hyampom Rd.
A 20-acre fire started by a log rolling down into Miners Creek was lined and was holding.
Contingency lines behind Trinity Village were being prepared on Friday and firefighting officials said they are ready to support structure defense in that area.
The line keeping the fire east of the road and down in Cow Creek was holding, with fire backing down into the drainage within the containment line.
Mop-up is progressing successfully along Denny Rd. and out toward the Dailey property, said officials on Saturday.
Due to lighter than expected winds overnight firefighters were able to conduct night-time tactical firing operations. They proceeded with a 30-acre burn along Backbone Ridge. Drones were used to burn and hold control lines down to Fisher Rd. to the east of Trinity Village. In the area of Miners Creek along Hyampom Rd. the crews successfully mopped up the 20-acre rollout from a few days ago and said there had been no additional incidents of burning debris rolling down that hill.
On Saturday suppression repair work will begin in the Hayfork area.
The Monument Fire area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest will remain closed. People who want to visit the Shasta-Trinity National Forest should check which areas are closed before heading out. There are specific times traffic is moved across Highway 299 near Burn Ranch at Bert Rd. to an area just west of Helena.
- Monday thru Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. - escorts every 1.5 hours. Overnight, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., this part of the highway is open only to residents with proof of address.
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Citizens can call to get general information on the Monument Fire by calling the U.S. Forest Service Public Information Line at (530) 628-0039. A fire information line has been established for the South Zone of the Monument Fire at (949) 433-2638.
For questions about the status of people's properties and damage, you can call the Trinity County Office of Emergency Services (OES) at (530) 623-1116. Be prepared to provide your name, property address and/or your parcel number, and a phone number where you can be reached.
The fire broke out on July 30 around 6 p.m. west of Junction City.