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Walker Fire

Unit Information

Plumas National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
159 Lawrence Street
Quincy, CA 95971

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Fire Information
Phone: 530 616 8625
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Media Line
Phone: 415 518 2991
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m

Highlighted Activity

09/16/2019 Walker Fire AM Update 9-16-2019
Walker Fire AM Update, September 16, 2019 Incident Start Date: 9/4/2019 Size: 54,518 acres Containment: 68% Structures Destroyed: 0 Resources Assigned: Engines: 133 Handcrews: 48 Dozers: 22...
News - 09/16/2019

September 16, AM 2019:

AM Update | Map | Daily Operations video

Current Situation: (as of 6:00 a.m.)

Evacuations: The Plumas and Lassen County Sheriff's offices have lifted all evacuation orders for the Walker Fire area.

The Walker Fire is burning on the Plumas National Forest approximately 11 miles east of the community of Taylorsville, California. The fire is 54,518 acres with 68% containment.

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.

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.

Forest Closures: Plumas National Forest has issued a Forest Order for the Mt. Hough and Beckwourth Ranger Districts. Please see Inciweb for full closure information and map of 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. Hwy 395 will remain open to through traffic.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday September 04th, 2019 approx. 12:45 PM
Location11 East of Taylorsville CA Genesee Valley
Incident CommanderJay Kurth
Incident DescriptionWildfire Located 11 Miles East Of Taylorsville, Ca
Coordinates40.053 latitude, -120.669 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel2,091
Size54,518 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained68%
Fuels Involved

Timber and brush

Significant Events

Active,isolated torching, uphill runs, flanking

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Current Synopsis:

The approaching Pacific frontal system was dry with low humidity. The combination of low humidity and high temperatures produced a Red Flag Warning. Temperatures ranged between 40 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Relative humidity has ranged from 55 - 65%. Morning ridge top winds are from the southwest at 10 -15 mph (gusts to 25 mph). Slope winds mostly southwest to northwest 6 - 10 mph (gusts to 15 mph).

Predicted Weather:

Rain is expected to begin during the morning hours. A chance of

thunderstorms will follow in the afternoon. Wetting rain likely. A 1/2 inch of rain or more is expected. Maximum temperatures will be in the 50's. Minimum relative humidity will be in the 55-65% range in the morning hours before the rain. Wind on the ridges will be southwest 10-15 mph (gusts to 30 mph) in the morning decreasing through out the day. Slope winds will be southwest by northwest 6-10 mph (gusts to 15 mph) in the morning decreasing in the afternoon.