A half dozen firefighters were injured on the McFarland Fire. A hand crew was working the south side of the fire when a spot fire broke out. While going after it, six of them suffered first and second degree burns, they were sent to Redding for further evaluation. All six have been released from the hospital, and after a few days off they’ll be cleared to return to the fire front. The McFarland Fire, straddling the Shasta/Trinity County line south of Hayfork is now 32,687 acres. Containment has improved to 26%. It continues to spread mainly to the east and south. The Town of Wildwood is under evacuation orders, and warnings have been issued for many surrounding areas, including the Trinity Pines and Post Mountain areas, Harrison Gulch Road, the Community of Platina, and both sides of Highway 36 from Sunday Gulch Road to the Shasta/Tehama County line.
The Monument Fire is not slowing down, with just 3% containment it’s grown to 53,019 acres. It’s burning on both sides of Highway 299. Multiple communities are threatened and have been ordered evacuated, now including Junction City as well as Del Loma, Big Bar, Big Flat, Cedar Flat, Canyon Creek, Red Hill, Cooper’s Bar and Helena. Warnings have been issued for Burnt Ranch. More than 500 personnel are on scene