Firefighters are battling to extinguish the Monument Fire as it grew by 6,000 acres in one night to engulf 15,000 – which has forced thousands to evacuate their homes.
Forest officials said the fire, burning near Big Bar and Del Loma in California, kept spotting ahead of itself and is now established on the north side of the Trinity River.
Four spot fires crossed the Trinity River and Highway 299 in Northern California closing the highway. The fire remains south of Del Loma and a half-mile east of Big Bar.
On the west side, the fire crossed over Panther Creek and has spotted across Canadian Creek. On the south side, the fire is still holding on Monument Peak and on the adjacent ridges.
Evacuation orders were issued by the Trinity County Sheriff for Big Bar and Del Loma on Monday night at 9:35 pm. Highway 299 has been intermittently closed or subject to controlled traffic.
The Monument Fire burns along the banks of the Trinity River in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, August 3
The Monument Fire in Big Bar, California had burned 6,000 acres since it began five days ago, August 3
A home is consumed by flames in the River Fire, a wildfire burning in Grass Valley, California, August 4
The rush of flames generated a towering plume of smoke visible from at least 70 miles away as the Bay Area is issued an advisory due to the unhealthy air quality on August 4
There are currently 26 wildfires forging destructive blazing paths as the state continues to experience increasingly dangerious fires
A firefighter uses a garden hose to try to slow flames that were consuming a home in the path of the River Fire, a wildfire burning in Grass Valley, California, August 4
Flames from the River Fire burn vegetation near Taylor Crossing Road near Dog Bar Road on Wednesday in Grass Valley
An abandoned car burns at the River Fire, a wildfire burning in Grass Valley, August 4
The Monument has grown to nearly the size of the McFarland Fire, which has burned just under 16,000 acres in Trinity County, officials said. The McFarland Fire is 5% contained.
It is believed that the Trinity County fires were caused by lightning strikes in the forest area. The Monument Fire has been burning for five days straight.
The rush of flames generated a towering plume of smoke visible from at least 70 miles away.
On Wednesday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) issued an air quality advisory for Thursday and Friday due to wildfire smoke. The smoke is billowing over from the McFarland, Monument and River Complex fires in Trinity and Siskiyou counties.
Bay Area residents were warned of the unhealthy air quality as officials urged them to avoid exposure if they smell smoke by staying inside with windows and doors closed until smoke levels subside.
Battalion Chief Sergio Mora watches as the Dixie Fire tears through the Greenville community of Plumas County, August 4
Flames consume buildings as the Dixie Fire tears through the Greenville community of Plumas County, August 4
The Way Station bar burns as the Dixie Fire leveled multiple historic buildings and dozens of homes in central Greenville, August 4
A home and trees burn after thousands were evacuated due to the Dixie Fire, August 4
Residents were instructed to use air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside.
The Monument Fire is burning about 160 miles north of the Dixie Fire, which is currently California’s largest destructive blaze.
The Dixie Fire, has now burned over a quarter-million acres as firefighters race to keep the flames from reaching northeast to the town of Paradise, which burned in 2018 wildfires, killing 85 people.
At least 16,500 people have had to flee their homes recently as yet another massive wildfire continues to grow. The evacuations are becoming an unwelcome routine in a region still recovering from the 2018 Camp Fire, which left 85 people in Paradise dead and is recorded as the deadliest wildfire in the Golden State’s history.
The Dixie Fire was burning nearly 278,227 acres, or about 435 square miles, on Wednesday and was 35 per cent contained, according to the state’s wildfire agency.
The Dixie fire burned through dozens of homes and businesses in downtown Greenville and continues to forge towards other residential communities, August 4
A firefighter saves an American flag as flames consume a home during the Dixie fire, August 4
Battalion Chief Sergio Mora rubs his face as he watched the wild flames of the Dixie Fire, August 4
An estimated 12,000 structures are now threatened by the blaze that has already demolished 67 structures in its firey path.
According to the LA Times, there are currently 26 California fires with the most recent fire, the River Fire, beginning on Wednesday. Since January the Golden state has been ravaged by 4,918 fires demolishing 228,617 acres of land. This is up from last years damage of 4,411 fires from January 2020 to August 4, 2020, which destroyed 142,957 acres, according to Cal Fire.
Fire officials said that the fires have been burning earlier and more destructively than usual because of drought conditions and record heat across the region.
Climate change has made the West much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.