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Sunday P.M. Update: Walker Fire at 38,049 Acres – Milford Still Under Mandatory Evacuation

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

The Walker Fire Saturday night at it grew to more than 38,000 acres. -Forest Service Photo

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the community of Milford.

5:30p.m. Sunday Update

The Walker Fire, which started Wednesday near Taylorsville, is only 5% contained and grew to 38,049 acres Sunday, the day after the town of Milford along 395 in Lassen County was put under Mandatory Evacuations. There is still no estimated date for containment.

“The fire had crossed into the area that required evacuations in Lassen County,” explains Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon. “Based on the fire activity, high winds, and assessment at the head of the fire, the decision was made to evacuate the town of Milford.”

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 protection of the properties within the evacuation area is a priority, and anyone committing crimes within the evacuation area will be arrested and prosecuted.”

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.


Critical fire weather is continuing in the area according to the Sunday afternoon update from Incident Commander Mike Strawhun, with active fire, uphill runs, short range spotting and group torching as the 38,049 acre blaze chews through timber and brush.

Total personnel on the Walker Fire totals 660 this evening.

Map of the Walker Fire as of Sunday afternoon


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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