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TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. - There was no increase in the size of the Monument Fire and no increase in containment on Monday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The size of the fire is 218,457 acres and 53% contained.
Crews returned to mopping up and building containment lines after the rain stopped Sunday.
A direct line was built from Backbone Ridge on the northeast part of the fire. Helicopters dropped water along the ridge for containment lines that will be built.
In the southern part of the fire, crews made good progress in the area of Hyampom Rd. by mopping up.
Crews are working to open the road to Burnt Ranch School's communications tower so it can get back into service.
Minor fire activity was in the area of Pony Creek but was within containment lines.
On Monday, crews will mop up and work on road preparation of the fire. They will strengthen containment lines and will be in the area where the fire is active.
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 a.m. to 7 p.m. - escorts every 1.5 hours. Overnight, from 7 p.m. to 7 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.