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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday September 04th, 2019 approx. 12:45 PM|
|Location||11 East of Taylorsville CA Genesee Valley|
|Incident Commander||Jay Kurth|
|Incident Description||Wildfire Located 11 Miles East Of Taylorsville, Ca|
|Coordinates||40.053 latitude, -120.669 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||68%|
Timber and brush
Active,isolated torching, uphill runs, flanking
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).
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.