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Monday A.M. Update: Walker Fire at 43,931 Acres – Milford No Longer Under Mandatory Evacuation

Monday, September 9th, 2019

New mapping of the Walker Fire for September 9th from the Forest Service.

10:55 Update

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the Mandatory Evacuation Order for the town of Milford to an Evacuation Warning effective at 11:00a.m. on September 9th, 2019.

The Sheriff’s Office has established a repopulation plan that will aid in repopulating the area in an organized fashion while also maintaining security.

Check stations will be located at the primary roads into Milford. The check stations will restrict access to Milford residents only.

Security patrols will continue into the evening hours.

The Evacuation Warning remains in effect and residents should be prepared to evacuate the area until the Evacuation Warning is cancelled.

We appreciate the cooperation of the public, and the assistance of all of our public safety partners.

8:15a.m. Monday Update

The Walker Fire, burning on the Plumas National Forest grew to 43,931 acres and containment, according to Incident Commander Jay Kurth, is still only at 7%. Currently 825 personnel are assigned to the fire.

The fire activity decreased last night over the fire area and the 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.

MILFORD EVACUATION

The boundaries of the mandatory evacuation area are the intersection of Hwy 395 and Thunder Mountain Road north of Milford, to the intersection of Hwy 395 and Laufman Grade south of Milford. The evacuation order for this area is still in place. Roads in the evacuation area are closed to traffic and deputies and CHP officers will be patrolling the area.

The evacuation shelter at Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fairgrounds is currently open.

IF YOU ARE IN THE EVACUATION AREA
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.


Evacuation Orders- Mandatory Evacuation Orders remain in place for residents 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. 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.

An Evacuation Center is set up at Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Avenue in Susanville.

Sign up for CodeRed at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BFB7CC4C6C0A.

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.


A Forest Closure is in place for the Walker Fire

Plumas National Forest has issued the Mt. Hough and Beckwourth Ranger Districts Walker Fire Emergency Trail, Road, and Area Closure.This Order is effective from Sept. 8, 2019 until the Walker Fire Incident area is fully suppressed and deemed safe for entry by the public.

The Walker Fire Forest Closure map released by the Plumas National Forest Sunday afternoon

 

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