UPDATE 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26: The Walker Fire is 100 percent contained today.
Throughout the past three weeks, the Walker Fire, which started Sept. 4 about 11 miles east of Taylorsville in Plumas County, burned 54,612 acres and destroyed nine structures.
As of this morning, according to Inciweb, the fire has cost $35.6 million.
Today, management of the fire turns over to the Plumas National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team. Fire personnel continue to monitor the fire perimeter to ensure that all of the visible smoke is within the interior.
To date, fire crews and equipment have accomplished 27 percent of the 75 miles of dozer line and 100 percent of the 14 miles of handline and 73 percent of the 62 miles of road repair, according to USFS.
Fire patrol and suppression-repair will continue until completed. Resource Advisers continue to work with hand crews and equipment during repair operations to help protect natural and cultural resources and to restore the firelines back to their natural condition by pulling topsoil and vegetation into the disturbed areas where fireline was constructed.
UPDATE 9 a.m. Friday: Crews have worked hard and rain has squelched hot spots bringing the Walker Fire’s containment to 98 percent. It has burned 54,612 acres.
According to the Friday update, the California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 assumes command of the fire this morning with Incident Commander Eric Petterson. The Incident Command Post has moved to the fire camp already located at Four Corners. California Incident Management Team 4 will be leaving today and the fire camp near Taylorsville Fairgrounds will be dismantled and cleaned up.
A light rain fell over the fire yesterday cooling the smoldering logs. The fire may continue to smolder and burn in heavier timbered areas well within the containment lines.
Fire personnel continue suppression repair activities today with hand crews and excavators. They are working closely with Resource Advisers to restore dozer lines in the fire area and returning the slope back to its natural condition by pulling topsoil and vegetation into the disturbed areas where fireline was constructed.
The Forest Closure Order remains in effect. Many hazards still exist within the fire area including fire weakened trees, rolling materials and poor road conditions. Hazard tree removal continues along many of the roads and wood chippers are also being utilized to remove brush and slash from the burn area.
UPDATE 8:30 a.m. Wednesday: The Walker Fire is 97 percent contained this morning. Some interior hot spots increased the fire to 54,612 acres; however, USFS said there was nothing outside or near the fire’s perimeter.
Overall, nine structures have been destroyed — two smaller cabins and seven outbuildings.
Yesterday, according to the update from USFS, crews patrolled and mopped up hot spots within the fire perimeter, and removed used hose, tanks and other equipment from the containment lines. Crews are now focusing on suppression repair and rehabilitation, working closely with Resource Advisors. Hand crews restored some dozer lines in the northwest section of the fire area, returning the slope back to its natural condition by pulling topsoil and vegetation back into the disturbed areas. This is done to prevent erosion, protect cultural sites and help these areas re-vegetate more quickly.
Firefighter safety remains a top priority. Many hazards still exist within the fire area including fire weakened trees, rolling materials and poor road conditions. Numerous fire personnel were released from the incident to return to their home units yesterday and most will be leaving by the end of this week. Aircraft remains available to support the Walker Fire and the Plumas National Forest. Yesterday they assisted with several small fires in the forest.
Today, crews will strengthen and complete the small amount of uncontained line on the south end of the fire and continue removing unneeded equipment from the fire area. Rain showers began this morning and will continue into the afternoon with a chance of thunderstorms.
UPDATE 8:45 a.m. Tuesday: Crews increase the Walker Fire’s containment to 96 percent and it remains at 54,518 acres. However, the USFS now reports there have been nine structures lost.
According to the morning update, overnight fire activity was minimal which allowed firefighters the opportunity to monitor and patrol the fire perimeter. Crews continued removing unneeded equipment from the fireline. Firefighter safety remains a top priority due to the many hazards that still exist within the fire area, such as fire weakened trees, loosened rocks, debris and poor road conditions.
Today, the favorable weather will improve conditions in the fire area which will allow firefighters better access to facilitate suppression repair and access equipment to be removed. Resource advisers continue working with crews in areas disturbed by fire suppression activities. Crews will restore these areas into a condition that does not negatively affect natural and cultural resources while minimizing erosion.
With the high increase in containment and the threat of escape mitigated, a large number of fire personnel and equipment continue being released from the incident to return to their home units.
Morning fog is expected and winds should be relatively light today with fair skies and a slight increase in temperatures. Another weather system will move into Northern California Wednesday bringing a good chance of wetting rain in the afternoon and evening.
** This post was updated with USFS’s current number of damaged buildings from seven to nine.
UPDATE 7:30 p.m. Monday: The Walker Fire is 95 percent contained and remains at 54,518 acres, according to the USFS.
According to the evening update, a cold front swept across northern California today bringing a significant amount of wetting rain throughout the fire area. Approximately one inch of rain and 150 lightning strikes were received throughout the day.
Firefighters patrolled containment lines during the day to ensure the fire held within its perimeter. During the periods of heavy rain, fire personnel and equipment were pulled off the fireline in some areas to reduce impacts to natural resources and dirt roads.
With the high increase in containment and the threat of escape mitigated, a large number of fire personnel and equipment have started being released from the incident to return to their home units.
The priority for tonight is the continued removal of unneeded fire suppression equipment, such as fire hose, water tanks and pumps.
Cooler temperatures and lighter winds have decreased the fire activity. Showers should end this evening as the storm passes eastward bringing fog overnight and into the morning. Another drying period is expected to follow on Tuesday with a chance of rain again on Wednesday.
UPDATE 8:30 a.m. Monday: Crews were tested with strong winds yesterday, but they quickly tackled two spot fires on the south side of the fire and got line around a new one-acre start, dubbed the Stony Fire, which started about three miles north of the Walker Fire near Clarks Peak, according to the morning update from the USFS.
This morning, the fire is at 54,518 acres and is 68 percent contained.
Effective this morning at 7 a.m. the evacuation warning for the Milford area has been lifted, according to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.
Additionally, according to Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, effective this morning, all evacuation orders that were in place in Plumas County due to the Walker Fire are lifted, as well.
“Thanks to the hard work of all the Firefighters and National Incident Management Team 4 along with a little cooperation from Mother Nature, the threat to Plumas and Lassen Counties has been greatly diminished,” read the post from the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office. “Even though evacuation orders have been lifted, we urge all non-residents to stay clear of the area due to the large amount of firefighting equipment which is still in the area and will be for some time.”
According to the update, last night firefighters mopped up and patrolled the perimeter of the fire to ensure the fire stayed within containment lines. The winds remained moderate. Crews mopped up two spot fires from yesterday’s activity on the south side of the fire. Both of these spot fires have been fully contained.
The Stony Fire, a new fire which started yesterday, three miles north of the Walker Fire near Clarks Peak, was held at one acre with containment line all around it. This success was due to the rapid detection and response of the Plumas National Forest and designated initial attack fire personnel from the Walker Fire. The cause of this new fire is under investigation, read the update.
Priorities for today and tonight are to monitor the fire perimeter as the rains arrive. Large trees will retain heat for a long time and can threaten the fireline if it has a chance to dry out again. Crews will continue to control erosion from the fire suppression activities, working with resource advisors to prevent damage to riparian and archaeological areas. Firefighters will be removing fire suppression equipment in areas where it is no longer needed.
Thunderstorms are anticipated along with the rain today and should end by this evening. Another drying period is expected to follow on Tuesday with a chance of rain again on Wednesday.
UPDATE 9 a.m. Sunday: with a Red Flag Warning today, crews have been working to prepare the Walker Fire for the wind conditions. The fire is at 53,186 acres and is 67 percent contained.
Today is a Red Flag Warning with 40 mph winds predicted and humidities in the teens. This wind event is expected to extend overnight. This is a critical fire environment with embers possibly traveling up to a ½ mile. Spotting occurred over the line along the south edge of the fire last night. Firefighters are working diligently to fully contain these spot fires and have made good progress in doing so. Around the remainder of the fire perimeter, crews continued to mop up, extinguishing hot embers, up to 200 feet on the inside of the containment line.
Today and tonight, firefighters, air resources and equipment will be in all areas of the fire area remaining vigilant and continuing to strengthen and secure the fire perimeter. Priorities will be to hold all containment lines and catch any spotting embers. Where possible, firefighters will implement waterbars and incorporate other erosion-control measures on the fireline in preparation for the rain coming on Monday. Initial attack fire personnel and equipment remain available to assist the Plumas National Forest in the event of any new fire starts in the area.
Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the Murdock Crossing and Stony Ridge areas.
Advisory evacuation orders remain for the Milford areas, Antelope Lake, Frank’s Valley and Flournoy Bridge.
UPDATE 7:40 p.m. Saturday: The Walker Fire is at 52,282 acres and is 52 percent contained, according to the evening update from USFS.
According to the evening update, today fire resources focused on securing the northern flank of the fire, enhancing existing containment lines, mopping up and ensuring structure protection measures were in place. Fire crews were also concentrated along the southern flank on the 25N10 road today to clean up unburned pockets of vegetation and mopping up. A few spot fires crossed the line and firefighters caught and contained them. As fire behavior picked up today with warmer and drier conditions, firefighters on the eastern and western sides continued to strengthen lines. Suppression-repair equipment has moved to a staging area south of Antelope Lake in preparation for repair work next week. Initial attack resources remain available to assist the Plumas National Forest in the event of any new fire starts in the area.
Crews will be mopping up and securing the containment lines around the fire. On the southern flank, firefighters will continue mopping up after the yesterday’s firing operation and the spots that occurred today. Firefighters are diligently preparing the fire’s perimeter in anticipation of tomorrow’s critical fire weather.
A RED FLAG WARNING began today in anticipation of 40 mph winds forecasted for Sunday beginning mid-morning and through the night. Humidities will remain low. Moderate fire behavior is predicted overnight, however, that may change tomorrow, making Sunday a critical fire weather day. A wetting rain is expected over the fire area late Monday morning and may continue through Monday evening.
Beginning tomorrow Fire Updates will be provided every morning rather than twice a day.
UPDATE 8:30 a.m. Saturday: Crews are continuing to prepare the Walker Fire for Sunday’s wind. The fire is 42 percent contained and at 51,872 acres, according to USFS. Just under 2,000 personnel are working the fire.
According to the morning update, last night fire crews completed the firing operation along the 25N10 Road along the southern flank and in pockets of unburned vegetation along the fire’s perimeter. Firefighters continued mopping up and securing the remaining containment lines around the fire’s perimeter. Structure protection remains a priority with crews using hose lays, water sprinklers, structure wrapping, and burn out operations around structures still threatened by fire within the interior pocket.
Saturday, crews will strengthen firelines, burning out small pockets of adjacent vegetation, and continue mop up, extinguishing hot embers along the containment lines. A suppression repair group will begin assessing needs and move in equipment in the northeastern corner near Antelope Lake. Initial attack crews will be available to respond to any new fire starts in the area.
A RED FLAG WARNING begins today in anticipation of high winds predicted to be 40 mph beginning tomorrow. Temperatures will be warmer today and tomorrow with highs in 80s and humidities will be in the teens. These conditions will make Sunday a critical fire weather day. Following this wind event, rain is expected on Monday throughout the area.
Milford remains under an evacuation warning and should remain prepared to evacuate. Antelope Lake, Frank’s Valley and Flournoy Bridge areas remain under an advisory evacuation order.
Murdock Crossing and Stony Ridge areas remain under mandatory evacuation orders.
Additionally, Plumas National Forest has issued a Forest Order for the Mt. Hough and Beckwourth Ranger Districts. Please see Inciweb for closure information and a map of the closure area.
Road Closures include Janesville Grade, Genesee Valley Road at the Flournoy Bridge, Antelope Lake Road from the Flournoy Bridge to Antelope Dam, and beginning at the Flournoy Bridge turnoff, the 111 Beckwourth-Genesee Road is closed through the fire area.
UPDATE 7:20 p.m. Friday: The Walker Fire has reached 50,940 acres and is 35 percent contained.
Still no structures have been lost.
According to the evening update from USFS, fire personnel are monitoring the changing weather conditions with increasing temperatures, lower humidity and wind conditions, anticipating how this will affect fire behavior and their suppression activities. In an effort to keep the fire within its current footprint if tested by the forecasted winds, firefighters are working diligently to strengthen containment lines by removing fuel between the fire and control lines. This will serve as a buffer and limit the potential of the fire extending beyond established lines.
Building on the successful firing operations from yesterday and last night, firefighters continued firing in places, or mopping up around the fire’s perimeter. Firing operations began on the 25N10 Road at Clover Dip on the southern flank and may continue into tonight as wind conditions permit. Fire crews expanded the buffer along the 176 Road to the 03 Road below Antelope Lake on the northern flank, reducing the risk of spot fires across the line from active fire in the large unburned interior.
Tonight, firefighters will monitor, strengthen and improve containment lines. Firing operations will continue to clean up any unburned fuel along control lines, followed by mopping up hot embers and making sure they are out.
The warming and drying trend will continue throughout the weekend, along with increased winds. Sunday is forecasted to bring winds up to 40 mph. These conditions will create much more active fire behavior and more challenging conditions for firefighters on the line.
UPDATE Friday, Sept. 13: The Walker is at 50,730 acres and is 32 percent contained Friday, according to an update from the U.S. Forest Service.
UPDATE 7 p.m. Thursday: The Walker is at 49,272 acres and is 32 percent contained Thursday evening, according to an update from the U.S. Forest Service.
According to the update, firefighters improved containment lines and added hose lays throughout the day, making good progress ahead of Sunday’s predicted high winds. On the northeast section of the fire, near Round Mountain, firefighters utilized burning operations to reduce unburned fuel adjacent to containment lines. Crews worked on the spot fires that ignited overnight in the south end of the fire, and continued to protect structures including those in the Murdock Crossing area.
Crews monitored the fire as it moved down slope on the northwest side of the fire, adding width to the existing containment lines.
Overnight, firefighters will strengthen and improve containment lines, focusing on the northern edge near Antelope Lake and the southeast boundary where a two acre spot occurred earlier today. Burning operations will be utilized where favorable conditions allow. Crews will utilize appropriate suppression tactics to keep fire in the current footprint.
The warming and drying trend will continue tonight, with a maximum humidity of 60 percent and temperatures in the 40s. Winds will remain light. Tomorrow will also be warmer and dryer, and this trend will continue through the weekend culminating in a Fire Weather Watch for strong southwest winds and low humidity on Sunday.
Fire personnel are maintaining an excellent accident and injury record. Support from the local community continues to boost firefighter morale.
Evacuations: Contact your local Sheriff’s Office for the most current information.
Mandatory: Murdock Crossing and Stony Ridge areas
Advisory: Antelope Lake, Frank’s Valley, Flournoy Bridge, and Milford areas
Forest Closures: Plumas National Forest has issued a Forest Order for the Mt. Hough and Beckwourth Ranger Districts. Please see Inciweb for closure information and a map of the closure area.
Road Closures: Janesville Grade, Genesee Valley Road at the Flournoy Bridge, Antelope Lake Road from the Flournoy Bridge to Antelope Dam, and beginning at the Flournoy Bridge turnoff, the 111 Beckwourth-Genesee Road is closed through the fire area.
UPDATE 8:40 a.m. Thursday: The Walker Fire has grown to 49,272 acres and remains at 28 percent containment this morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
According to the USFS, increased fire behavior, including torching and spotting in the southeastern end of the fire, kept crews busy throughout the night. Firefighters continued to improve containment lines and added hose lays, making good progress in the Wheeler Ridge area, connecting established lines with unfinished portions. Structure defense is in place in threatened areas including Murdock Crossing, and crews were able to mop up additional areas in the Antelope Lake and eastern side of the fire.
Fire behavior analysts are predicting increased fire activity today as fuels dry out after Monday’s rain event.
On the northeast section of the fire, near Round Mountain, firefighters will continue to mop up using hose lays to create more fire line depth into the burned area. Dozers and firing tactics will be used where possible to improve containment lines on the eastern and southern fire boundary. Throughout the day, firefighters will work to strengthen and improve containment lines around the fire. Aerial resources will continue to support fire operations as visibility improves.
The new fire camp located at Four Corners is allowing firefighters quicker access into the eastern portions of the fire, but has also increased vehicle and equipment traffic in eastern Plumas County. The USFS asks the public to be aware of this increased activity and to drive accordingly.
Due to changing wind patterns, smoke was pushed into portions of central and eastern Plumas County yesterday. Today, Thursday, winds are expected to be light from the southeast in the morning and changing to the southwest in the afternoon — conditions that will create another smoky day in the area.
UPDATE 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: The Walker Fire is 48,507 acres with 28 percent containment, according to the US Forest Service.
UPDATE 8 a.m. Wednesday: A week after the Walker Fire started, the blaze is still 20 percent contained and has increased to 48,321 acres; however, with moderate conditions today, officials anticipate “significant improvement in the percentage of containment.”
According to this morning’s update from the U.S. Forest Service, additional personnel and equipment continue to arrive to tackle the wildfire, which started last Wednesday, Sept. 4, about 11 miles east of Taylorsville in Plumas County.
During last night’s evening shift, progress was made constructing containment line utilizing dozers farther south of Doyle Crossing. Firefighters patrolled, increased the depth of mop up operations, and strengthened containment lines.
Moderate fire behavior is predicted today by the Incident Meteorologist and Fire Behavior Analyst. These conditions are allowing crews to aggressively construct additional direct hand and dozer lines along the fire’s edge.
Today’s focus will be extending the northeast dozer line continuing south in order to develop better containment on the east flank. Steep terrain in the northwest limits the ability to construct direct handline in some areas. Crews will construct handline along the fire perimeter where possible in conjunction with dozers and crews constructing indirect line to achieve containment on the western flank. In these areas of steep and difficult terrain, when conditions permit, firefighters may conduct firing operations to secure their constructed indirect lines.
UPDATE 7:40 p.m. Tuesday: The Walker Fire is 20 percent contained this evening and no structures have been lost, according to the Plumas National Forest.
The Plumas County Sheriff has reduced the evacuation level from mandatory to advisory in all areas except the Murdock Crossing and Stoney areas. Those residents who return to their homes should continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate the area if conditions worsen.
Milford remains under an evacuation warning and should remain prepared to evacuate.
About 110 engines, 30 hand crews, 17 dozers, six helicopters, 13 water tenders and 1,284 personnel are working the fire.
According to this evening’s update, fire activity was minimal today because of wetting rain which fell over the majority of the fire this morning. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity reduced fire activity. Fire crews seized the opportunity to strengthen existing fireline and construct new line closer to the fire’s edge, increasing the percentage of containment. A second fire camp has been established on the eastern side of the fire in order to position firefighters closer to the east side of the fire and to reduce heavy truck traffic on local roads.
Firefighters will continue to take advantage of the current weather conditions by establishing dozer and hand lines directly along the fire perimeter, the update read.
Firefighters were briefed on the cultural and historic values threatened by the fire and ways to mitigate damage to these important resources during suppression activities. Night crews will continue to strengthen and hold established containment line.
UPDATE 4 p.m. Tuesday: The Walker Fire has seen minimal growth over the past two days, Matt Jedra, district ranger for the Beckwourth Ranger District, said during the Tuesday morning, Sept. 10 Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting.
As of this morning, the blaze reached 47,340 acres and was 12 percent contained. There were more than 1,000 people working the fire.
The Walker Fire has cost about $6 million so far, according to Aaron Groves, Acting Forest Fire Management Officer at Plumas National Forest.
Today, crews were preparing for a chance of thunderstorms, which can produce gusty, erratic winds and visible smoke may change directions as winds may change as the system moves through the fire area, according to. As conditions permit, crews would implement tactical firing operations supported by ground and air resources.
UPDATE 7 a.m. Tuesday: according to the U.S. Forest Service, the Walker Fire is 12 percent contained and 47,340 acres.
The mandatory evacuation for the Milford community was reduced to a warning yesterday. Residents should still be prepared to evacuate.
The plumas county evacuations, which includes Antelope Lake to the Plumas county line, the Genesee Valley road corridor, the Ward Creek area and the Flournoy Bridge area, remain in place.
UPDATE 7:30 p.m. Monday: The Walker Fire has reached 44,307 acres and is 10 percent contained this evening, Monday, Sept. 9, according to the USFS.
UPDATE 11 a.m. Monday: The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the mandatory evacuation order for Milford to an evacuation warning, effective at 11 a.m. today, Monday, Sept. 9. Residents should still be prepared to evacuate until the warning is canceled.
UPDATE 8:10 a.m. Monday: The Walker Fire increased to 43,931 acres per a mapping flight yesterday evening, according to an update from the U.S. Forest Service. It is 7 percent contained and there are currently 825 personnel assigned to the fire.
Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for residents residing along Highway 395 from the Thunder Mountain Road (Wales Canyon) to the Laufman Grade (Old Highway 59), including the communities of Milford and Brockman Canyon. Antelope Lake to the Plumas county line, the Genesee Valley road corridor, the Ward Creek area, and the Flournoy Bridge area remain under mandatory evacuation orders as well.
An evacuation center is set up at Lassen County Fairgrounds.
According to the USFS, the fire activity decreased last night over the fire area. Containment line that is in place held. On the east side of the fire, dozer line was constructed around the northeastern leading edge of the fire near Round Mountain and Stoney Creek. Hose lays will be installed to reinforce the containment lines. Dozers continued progress constructing dozer line advancing north from Ingalls Peak. Crews constructed line directly along the southeast-east edge of the fire which held as well. Firefighters constructed fireline around the structures on the southwest edge of the fire to further protect the structures. The fire is staying in place at the 25N42 road.
Structure preparation is complete around structures to the west of Wheeler Peak drainage. Dozers and handcrews made good progress building fireline along the west side of the fire progressing north. Crews working around the fire will continue constructing containment line and holding what’s in place.
Additionally, Plumas National Forest has issued a Forest Order for the Mt. Hough and Beckwourth Ranger Districts. Visit Inciweb for full closure information and map of closure area.
Road Closures include Janesville Grade, Genesee Valley road at the Flournoy Bridge, Antelope Lake road from the Flournoy Bridge to Antelope Dam, and beginning at the Flournoy Bridge turnoff and the 111 Beckwourth-Genesee road is closed through the fire area. Highway 395 will remain open to through traffic.
UPDATE 8:30 p.m. Sunday: As of 6p.m., California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 has taken command of the Walker Fire. The fire is 38,049 acres and containment increased to 7 percent. Currently 825 personnel are assigned to the fire.
Evacuations remain in place.
UPDATE 8:40 a.m. Sunday: The Walker Fire has grown to 38,049 acres and is 5 percent contained today, Sunday, Sept. 8, according to the Plumas National Forest. Evacuation orders, including those issued late last night in the Milford area, remain in place.
Saturday night, Sept. 7, the Lassen County Sherriff’s Office issued mandatory evacuations for the town of Milford. The boundary of the evacuation area is the intersection of Highway 395 and Thunder Mountain Road north of Milford, to the intersection of Highway 395 and Laufman Grade south of Milford.
Earlier evacuations at Antelope Lake to the Plumas county line, the Genesee Valley road corridor, the Ward Creek area and the Flournoy Bridge area also remain under mandatory evacuation order Sunday.
The evacuation shelter at Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fairgrounds is currently open.
Road closures include the Janesville Grade, Genesee Valley road at the Flournoy Bridge, Antelope Lake road from the Flournoy Bridge to Antelope Dam, and beginning at the Flournoy Bridge turnoff and the 111 Beckwourth-Genesee road is closed through the fire area. Highway 395 will remain open to through traffic.
According to a statement from the Lassen County Sherriff’s Office, “the fire had crossed into the area that required evacuations in Lassen County. Based on the fire activity, high winds and assessment at the head of the fire, the decision was made to evacuate the town of Milford … Roads in the evacuation area are closed to traffic and deputies and CHP officers will be patrolling the area.”
“The protection of the properties within the evacuation area is a priority, and anyone committing crimes within the evacuation area will be arrested and prosecuted,” the statement continued.
The Sherriff’s Office noted it would continue to work with the Incident Command Team in evaluating the need for the current evacuation order and the potential need for additional orders. They will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.
According to the Plumas National Forest during its Sunday morning update, a sustained 18 mile an hour wind impacted fire activity during the evening hours and the fire made a significant run spotting ahead of itself to the east in the Round Mountain area. Resources were sent to construct fireline ahead of the fire while other crews continued their progress constructing dozer line around the south side of the fire to Ingalls Peak. Resources patrolled and secured the fireline along the southwest edge of the fire and held the fire at the 25N42 road.
Crews plan to continue securing the 25N42 road and patrol around structures on the southwest and southern edge of the fire looking for spot fires Sunday. Structure preparation will continue on structures west of the Wheeler Peak drainage, in the Antelope Lake area, as well as further east of the fire. More resources have arrived and will continue to construct containment line along the fire’s edge where possible, reinforce roads used for containment, as well as look for areas further out from the fire to construct fireline with the highest probability of successfully containing the fire. Crews will continue to be supported by aircraft as smoke and wind permit.
The Lassen County Sherriff’s Office extended its appreciation to the community for their cooperation and support, as well as all of the fire and law enforcement personnel who are working to protect our communities.
UPDATE 11 p.m. Saturday:
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the community of Milford. The mandatory evacuation area is from Thunder Mountain Road and 395, to the intersection of Laufman Grade (Old Hwy 59) and Hwy 395.
Sheriff’s Deputies and other law enforcement personnel will be going door to door in this area to make notifications.
1-Gather all family members.
2- Gather all pets.
3- Gather only essential items.
4- Be sure to bring essential medications with you.
5- Lock your home.
An evacuation Center will be opened at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.
The Walker Fire, burning on Plumas National Forest land, approximately 11 miles east of the community of Taylorsville, is 0 percent contained and approximately 24,040 acres, as of about 8:30 a.m. this morning, Saturday, Sept. 7.
According to a statement from the Plumas National Forest, mandatory evacuations of Antelope Lake to the Plumas County line have been ordered by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and Plumas County Office of Emergency Services in conjunction with Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and Lassen County OES.
Due to the Walker Fire, Janesville Grade is closed to all traffic 1/2 mile west of Bovee Lane, according to CHP-Susanville. Avoid this area. Genesee Valley road is closed at the Flournoy Bridge. Antelope Lake road is also closed from the Flournoy Bridge to Antelope Dam.
The fire started Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the Genesee Valley area in Plumas County.
The mandatory evacuations ordered for the Genesee Valley road corridor, the Ward Creek area, and the Flournoy Bridge area (through CodeRED), remain in place.
Residents who need accommodations should proceed to the Quincy area and contact the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, the Genesee Valley road is closed at the Flournoy Bridge. Antelope road is also closed from the Flournoy Bridge to Antelope Dam.
Last night, Friday, Sept. 6, the fire activity decreased, slowly backing down towards the 25N42 road where firefighters were able to engage and hold the fire east of the 25N42 road. The fire progressed to the northeast to area of Babcock Peak. Saturday, more ground and air resources, including VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers), will aid in the fire suppression effort, according to a statement from the Plumas National Forest.
Crews will be constructing containment line along the edge of the fire where possible and continue to secure the southwestern portion of the fire. Structure preparation will occur in the Murdock Crossing area. Aerial resources will be used to slow fire’s forward progression while ground crews look for opportunities to contain the fire to the northeast. No structures have been lost.
Forecasted cloud cover and cooler temperatures are expected to raise the relative humidity Saturday, however, a predicted increase in southwest winds combined with drier fuels may increase fire activity.
The Plumas National Forest Facebook page and InciWeb will continue to provide updates on the fire.