Evacuations Ordered as Northern California Monument Fire Surpasses 50,000 Acres

More than 600 firefighters were battling the Monument Fire along State Route 299 east of Willow Creek in Northern California, which by August 9 had surpassed 50,000 acres in size, officials said.

Footage shared on Instagram by the Alameda County Fire Department shows crews moving across Trinity River to reach a residence, and “initiating fire prevention actions surrounding the property line to reduce the threat of active fire in the area,” the post read.

As of August 9, the fire had reached 53,019 acres (about 83 square miles) and was three percent contained, according to official fire reports.

The Trinity County Sheriff issued evacuation orders for Junction City, Red Hill, Canyon Creek, Coopers Bar, Big Bar, Del Loma, Big Flat, Helena, and Cedar Flat. Credit: Alameda County Fire Department via Storyful

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