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Crews Make Progress On Trinity County Fires

Fire crews seem to have turned a corner on the McFarland Fire, which has burned more than 118,600 acres and is now 71% contained. At least 24 homes and 22 other structures have been destroyed. The fire is still active in Beegum Gorge and more work is being done there, but lines are holding along Highway 36. A contingency line is being built on the northern side of the highway above Platina across Knob Peak to Arbuckle Mountain. 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.

Many residents have been allowed to return, though more than 10,000 homes are still threatened by the Monument Fire, which has burned more than 152,100 acres and is 20% contained. 2 firefighters have been injured. 21 structures, along with 29 minor structures, have been destroyed. Most, but not all, residents of Junction City, Big Flat, Cedar Flat, Burnt Ranch, Big Bar and Del Loma are being allowed to return home. These areas are still under evacuation warnings, and open to residents only. The fire is still very active is some areas, including near Hawkins Bar, west of Hayfork north of Hyampom Road and near the North Fork of the Trinity River. Some evacuation orders remain in effect for Hayfork north of Highway 3, Sky Ranch Road and Dutch Creek. Highway 299 is closed from Junction City to Burnt Ranch.