QUINCY, CA. –Firefighting resources are working day and night, utilizing effective fire suppression tactics to achieve success in containing the Walker Fire. The fire is 47,340 acres and firefighters increased containment to 12%. Personnel from different states and agencies make up the 1,096 assigned to the fire.
Firefighters engaged the fire overnight in cooler weather conditions. The fire pushed against containment line in the northeast and crews quickly took suppression action to contain several small spot fires. Northeastern containment line will be improved by extinguishing hot spots utilizing the hoselays in place. Any heat along the fireline and into the interior of the fire will be removed, which is referred to as mopping up. The fire pushed on the southeast edge of the perimeter as well. Crews constructed containment line to control several spot fires in this area and will be reinforcing and strengthening the line for predicted northwest winds. Crews patrolled firelines across the north which held after tactical firing was used to burnout the fuel adjacent to the fireline, reinforcing and creating a buffer to strengthen and secure existing containment lines. Crews patrolled the southwest and southern edge of the fire, holding existing fireline. Containment lines were constructed moving north on the west side towards Wheeler Peak. Crews will extend that containment line further along the west side working from the north and south. As conditions permit, crews will implement tactical firing operations supported by ground and air resources. This can produce more visible smoke. Fire crews will hold and mop up along the Forest Road 25N42, Flournoy road and patrol the southwestern edge near structures surrounded by fireline and hoselays.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecasted today. Thunderstorms can produce gusty, erratic winds and visible smoke may change directions as winds may change as the system moves through the fire area.
Evacuation Orders- On Sept. 9th, the Lassen County Sheriff's Office reduced the Mandatory Evacuation Order to an Evacuation Warning for residents previously under a Mandatory Evacuation residing along Hwy 395 from the Thunder Mountain Road (Wales Canyon) to the Laufman Grade (Old Hwy 59), including the communities of Milford and Brockman Canyon. Check stations at the primary roads in Milford will restrict access to Milford residents only. The Evacuation Warning means residents should be prepared to evacuate the area. Mandatory Evacuation Orders remain in place for Antelope Lake to the Plumas county line, the Genesee Valley road corridor, the Ward Creek area, and the Flournoy Bridge area. The Evacuation Center at Lassen County Fairgrounds has closed.
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.