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Friday A.M. Update: Walker Fire Slowly Grows to More Than 50,000 Acres

Friday, September 13th, 2019

8:15a.m. Friday Update

The Walker Fire, burning on the Plumas National Forest approximately 11 miles east of the community of Taylorsville, grew to 50,730 acres overnight with 32% containment.

According to the Friday morning update from the Incident Command no structures have been lost.

There are currently 125 engines, 38 handcrews, 21 dozers, 6 helicopters, 28 water tenders and a total of 1,770 personnel working the fire this morning.

Last night firefighters monitored containment lines ensuring fire stayed within the perimeter, and added hose lays around yesterday’s 2-acre spot fire on the southeastern edge.

Today, firefighters will continue to strengthen and improve containment lines. Fire crews will continue firing operations to reduce unburned vegetation fuel adjacent to containment lines along the southern portion of the fire, near the 10 road and south of Antelope Lake along the northern portion.

The warming and drying trend will continue throughout the weekend, with warmer temperatures, and lower humidity and increased winds. These conditions will create more active fire behavior.

Evacuations: 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 that returned to their home should continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate. For the most current information regarding evacuation levels, please contact your local Sheriff.

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.

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