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The aerial assault continues on the Walker Fire. Photo by Trent Saxton

Walker Fire Day 10

7:30 p.m., Sept. 13: The Walker Fire is now 50,940 acres and 35 percent contained, but all eyes are on Sunday and the strong winds expected.

In an effort to keep the fire within its current footprint if tested by the forecasted winds, firefighters are working diligently to strengthen containment lines by removing fuel between the fire and control lines. This will serve as a buffer and limit the potential of the fire extending beyond established lines.
Building on the successful firing operations from yesterday and last night, firefighters continued firing in places, or mopping up around the fire’s perimeter. Firing operations began on the 25N10 Road at Clover Dip on the southern flank and may continue into tonight as wind conditions permit. Fire crews expanded the buffer along the 176 Road to the 03 Road below Antelope Lake on the northern flank, reducing the risk of spot fires across the line from active fire in the large unburned interior.

Tonight, firefighters will monitor, strengthen and improve containment lines. Firing operations will continue to clean up any unburned fuel along control lines, followed by mopping up hot embers and making sure they are out.

The warming and drying trend will continue throughout the weekend, along with increased winds. Sunday is forecasted to bring winds up to 40 mph. These conditions will create much more active fire behavior and more challenging conditions for firefighters on the line.
Evacuations: Contact your local Sheriff’s Office for the most current information.Mandatory: Murdock Crossing and Stony Ridge areas
Advisory: Antelope Lake, Frank’s Valley, Flournoy Bridge, and Milford areas

7:30 a.m., Sept. 13: The Walker Fire, which broke out about noon on Sept. 4, is now at 50,730 acres and 32 percent contained.

According to this morning’s briefing, Last night firefighters monitored containment lines ensuring fire stayed within the perimeter, and added hose lays around yesterday’s small spot fire on the southeastern edge. Crews also prepared the containment line for tactical firing operations planned today near the 10 Road. Holding crews patrolled the fire and provided structure defense in threatened areas including Murdock Crossing and Frazier Cabin.

Today, firefighters will continue to strengthen and improve containment lines. Along the southern portion of the fire, near the 10 Road and south of Antelope Lake, firefighters plan to continue firing operations to reduce unburned fuel adjacent to containment lines. Crews and equipment will continue to mop up yesterday’s two acre spot fire on the southeast side near Clover Creek. Aerial resources will continue to support fire operations as visibility allows.

The warming and drying trend will continue throughout the weekend, with warmer temperatures, lower humidity and increased winds. Sunday is forecasted to bring winds up to 40 mph. These conditions will create much more active fire behavior and more challenging conditions for firefighters on the line.

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