Crews Making Progress on Tehama County’s Huge Fires

Highway 299 has reopened to through traffic between Helena and Burnt Ranch, but only with a pilot car at certain designated times. Those are 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm. The highway will be closed overnight except for local residents with proof.

Evacuation warnings have been lifted for much of the area surrounding the Monument Fire, though crews are having trouble with rolling debris from Dutch Creek to Maxwell Creek, and the fire crossed containment lines in the Barker Creek Road area. Warnings are still in effect for Trinity Center, Coffee Creek, Hayfork, Burnt Ranch, Hawkins Bar, Denny and Douglas City. Evacuation orders remain for parts of Hayfork and Junction City, as well as Helena and Barker Mountain. More than 10,000 homes are still threatened by the Monument Fire, which has burned more than 157,300 acres and is 20% contained. 21 structures, along with 29 minor structures, have been destroyed. 2 firefighters have been injured.

Crews continue making good progress on the McFarland Fire, though it grew a few thousand acres overnight, now more than 123,000 acres and 84% contained. At least 24 homes and 22 other structures have been destroyed. Solid containment lines have been completed in Beegum Gorge and crews will continue to strengthen those lines, and along Highway 36. A contingency line is being built on the northern side of the highway above Platina across Knob Peak. Highway 36 is closed from Harrison Gulch to Vestal Road. Evacuations remain in effect, including for Platina and all Shasta County homes from the Trinity County line to the Tehama County line. Tehama County evacuations are west of Vestal and Weemasoul Roads to the Shasta County line and south of Highway 36.