39.4 mi
ESE of McKinleyville, CA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
15 mins, 9 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Friday, July 30, 2021 7:10 PM PDT
CH-3 CR-CR11 D-7 DZ-29 E-313 E-334 E-373 PT-53I
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 5 hours, 59 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Monument Fire

 Today's Update| Incident Map

The Monument Fire is a lightning-caused fire that was first reported on Friday, July 30, 2021 at approximately 6:00 pm after a series of thunderstorms moved through the area.
The fire was discovered near Monument Peak, south of Highway 299 near Del Loma.  By August 4, the fire had spread to approximately 15,000 acres and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest had requested an Incident Management Team to take over management of the fire. 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Friday, July 30, 2021 6:00 PM PDT
Del Loma, CA near Monument Peak
Incident Commander:
Doug Turman, ICT1 NRIMT2
Incident Description:
40.752, -123.337

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday, November 1, 2021 8:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
The fire generally remains within the 2006 Pigeon Fire and 2015 Happy Fire scars, as well as the 2008 Cedar, Eagle, Miners, and
Buckhorn Fire footprints. Type 5 converted brush and a heavy dead and down component dominate most areas. All live fuels are
cured to levels normally seen in late September.
Significant Events:
Fire behavior was active due to exceptionally low fuel moistures both live and dead after the inversion broke and overnight RH recovery dissipated around 3 pm. The fire remained mostly smoked in for the bulk of the shift.

The fire actively flanked west into the wind above the Hyampom Road and continued to actively burnout pockets of green fuels inside of the control lines north of the Hayfork Creek drainage both from firing and flanking of the main fire.

The NW side of the fire entered the burn period about 1 hour ahead of schedule due to clear air and brisk NW ridge top winds. The fire actively flanked and backed into the New River drainage through both burnout operations and main fire spread. On the NE portion of the fire, spread in the drainage between Limestone and Backbone Ridge was checked by NNW winds but remained active.

Smoke cleared from this area around 3 pm when terrain driven winds switched to down canyon.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Secure fireline along Backbone ridge. Contain slopover in division L. Implement defensive firing operations along the 3N08 road in division Y. Continue prepping, firing, and holding along the Denny road. Continue structure defense in division U. Hold, improve, and patrol existing containment lines in divisions W/Z.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
A lot less smoke was over the fire to start the day off on Friday allowing inversions to break one to two hours earlier than previous days. High temperatures also responded to the additional sunshine with highs near 90 across the lower elevations of the fire and near 80 in the upper elevations. Winds were mainly westerly at ridgetop and terrain driven below ridgetop. Humidities dropped into the teens in most locations across the fire.

Gusty southwest winds at higher ridgetops ahead of a trough of low pressure that will arrive on Saturday. Winds on Saturday will be from the southwest gusting up to 20 mph in the afternoon and up to 30 mph during the late evening. Mostly cloudy skies will keep the high temperatures down and relative humidity up. The chance of rain increases in the afternoon with the northern parts of the fire the most likely location to pick up some rainfall. The chance of rain continues through Sunday morning before skies clear late Sunday. Temperatures below freezing will be possible Sunday night.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire information
Email: 2021.monument@firenet.gov
Phone: 530 628-0039
Hours: 8am to 8pm
Fire Unit Information
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

Dispatch Contact

Redding Interagency Command Center | Redding, CA