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McFarland Fire Nearly Defeated, Monument Fire 30% Contained

The McFarland Fire is mostly a success story among Northern California’s huge wildfires this year. It’s now 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.

The Monument Fire has been held within containment lines, covering 176,500 acres with 30% containment. Crews have been completing fire line 300 feet deep from Cedar Gulch to Hyampom Road, where the fire has been most active in recent days. Evacuation orders are in effect for the Barker Mountain area north of Highway 3 and Hayfork Summit Road, the Northwest Hayfork area north and east of Highway 3 and Hyampom Road, 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.

The Knob Fire near Willow Creek is being managed along with the Monument Fire. It’s about 2,200 acres and 52% contained.

Cal-Trans has increased 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.