USFS: Two lightning-caused fires in Trinity County still burning near Wildwood and Del Loma

The Shasta-Trinity July Lightning Complex fires are mostly contained. Two fires remain and will be managed separately. They are the Monument Fire and the McFarland Fire.

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 6:45 AM
Updated: Aug 2, 2021 11:24 AM

TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. - As of Monday morning, the Monument Fire grew to 3,114 acres and is 0% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. 

The McFarland Fire has caused an evacuation order and closed parts of Highway 3. 

Monument Fire

The fire grew over 1,400 acres Sunday night as it has now reached 3,114 acres.

It was previously called the Panther Fire, is burning in the footprint of the 2008 Cedar Fire. It is located approximately one mile south of Del Loma in the footprint of the 2008 Cedar Fire.

The terrain is extremely steep and access is difficult.

Evacuation warnings have been issued for residents of Del Loma on both sides of the Trinity River.

McFarland Fire

The McFarland Fire is 3,200 acres and 5% contained as of Monday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service. 

At about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation order for Wildwood in the area of Highway 36 at Wildwood Rd and north for about 10 miles on Wildwood Rd. 

Highway 36 is closed from the junction of Highway 3 to 4.8 miles west of Platina at White Rock Rd. on Sunday afternoon.  Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

Here is an earlier list of Shasta-Trinity Lightning Complex fires, not including the Monument and McFarland Fires

In Trinity County:

  • The Rush Fire is in the Trinity Alps and was 1/2 of an acre in size. It burned in a very remote area 12 miles west of Highway 3 and 2 miles due south of Deadman's Peak.
  • The Springtime Fire (near Hayfork in the South Fork Management Unit)  was .7 acres in size.
  • The Underwood Fire was located southwest of Burnt Ranch. It was 2-3 acres.

In the Mount Shasta Management Unit:

  • The Tamarack Fire (burning east of Parks Creek) was 6.5 acres in size and burned in very steep terrain.
  • The Deadfall Fire (above Deadfall Lake and adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail) was approximately 1/10 of an acre in size. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open.
  • The Cement Fire (below Cement Bluff) was also 1/10 of an acre in size.

According to the USFS, several fires broke out on July 28, 2021, around 8:30 p.m. after thunderstorms passed over the western side of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The McFarland and Monument Fires are the only ones that remain uncontained. A Type 2 US Forest Service Incident Management Team arrived on Saturday to coordinate firefighting efforts for the McFarland Fire. A Type 1 National Incident Management Team is arriving on Monday to manage the Monument Fire.

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It's a warmer and windier day for our area in the wake of the storm from this weekend. A Red Flag Warning continues for the valley through 8pm and for the Sierra through late Tuesday morning, with hotter weather returning.
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