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Crews Gaining Ground On Monument Fire, McFarland Fire In Mop Up Status

The Monument Fire mostly held within containment lines Wednesday, but burned another couple thousand acres overnight, now covering 176,600 acres with 29% containment. Resources are concentrated north of Hyampom Road west of Fox Lane. Evacuation orders are in effect for the Barker Mountain area north of Highway 3 and Hayfork Summit Road, Northwest Hayfork area and all roads along the south side of Hyampom Road from Nine Mile Bridge east to Cedar Gulch Road. More than 8,000 homes are still threatened by the Monument Fire. 50 structures have been destroyed. 6 firefighters have been injured.

Cal-Trans is increasing the schedule for escorting Highway 299 traffic through the Monument Fire zone. The closure goes from near the Big Flat Campground on the east end to Burnt Ranch on the west. Pilot cars are leading vehicles through every one-and-a-half hours between 7AM and 7PM. Over the weekend the escorts will run at the top of every hour from 7AM to 7PM. During nighttime hours only residents with proof will be allowed through the closures.

The McFarland fire is not expected to grow and is mostly in mop up and patrol status. The McFarland burned 122,700 acres in three counties, and is 98% contained. 24 homes and 22 other structures were destroyed. All evacuations have been lifted. Highway 36 through Trinity County is open without restrictions.