Fire personnel are setting fires to remove fuel if the fire advances. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Walker Fire Day 12

7:30 p.m., Sept. 15: All of the preparation leading up today’s wind event paid off. The winds hit as predicted, but the fire perimeter held, with just one spot fire reported and quickly surrounded. Though smoke was visible from the fire today, it was from burning within the fire’s footprint and all structures were protected. The Plumas National Forest reported a new start about 3 miles north of the Walker Fire, but it is considered a separate incident. That fire, dubbed the Stony Fire, was also quickly met by firefighters from the Plumas National Forest, as well as air attack from the Walker.

7:50 a.m., Sept. 15: Today is a critical day for the Walker Fire. At this morning’s briefing, all those who spoke cautioned the fire crews to be vigilant due to the high winds predicted. Crews have known this red flag warning was coming and have spent the past few days reinforcing fire lines and preparing.

The good news is that the fire that broke out Sept. 4, 11 miles east of Taylorsville, is now 62 percent contained. It is 53,186 acres and has 2,058 personnel assigned to it. More good news is that rain is forecast tomorrow and later this week, and, if it comes in as predicted, it could curtail fire season.

From this morning’s briefing:

Today is a RED FLAG WARNING with 40 mph winds predicted and humidities in the teens. This wind event is expected to extend overnight. This is a critical fire environment with embers possibly traveling up to a ½ mile. Spotting occurred over the line along the south edge of the fire last night. Firefighters are working diligently to fully contain these spot fires and have made good progress in doing so. Around the remainder of the fire perimeter, crews continued to mop up, extinguishing hot embers, up to 200 feet on the inside of the containment line.

Today and tonight, firefighters, air resources and equipment will be in all areas of the fire area remaining vigilant and continuing to strengthen and secure the fire perimeter. Priorities will be to hold all containment lines and catch any spotting embers. Where possible, firefighters will implement waterbars and incorporate other erosion-control measures on the fireline in preparation for the rain coming on Monday. Initial attack fire personnel and equipment remain available to assist the Plumas National Forest in the event of any new fire starts in the area.

15 thoughts on “Walker Fire Day 12

  • September 15, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    Keep up the good work. Good luck tonight

    • September 15, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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      Stay safe firefighters. Thank you

      • September 15, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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        Nice work on the updates the tax payers need to see what direction the walker fire is headed no one has said this in quite sometime this is Prime deer hunting area for California very very difficult to be drawn to hunt in that area hwy 70 to antelope lake Dam all the way to the Nevada border and West to Davis lake eastern access road thank you be safe were praying for rain ☔

        • September 15, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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          Are you kidding me?!??!!! There are homes threaten and you’re worried about deer hunting!??? Maybe if you were in a fire area, where your home was threatened, dont bitch about it

      • September 15, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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        There a lot of awesome firefighters risking there lives for us from all over!! One of my really good friends Scotty is over there, I’m very proud of him for dedicating his time. Takes a very strong and brave individuals to do this type over work. Thank you all again for everything, praying for safe return home for everyone!! God Bless

    • September 15, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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      We live in Milford and appreciate all the hard work. That includes all support functions from toilets,showers,food,and water. The dozer guys get a special thank you.

      Bil and Ramona

  • September 15, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    God bless and good luck.

  • September 15, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    Hi to my husband from NH who is working with the state of Maine fire fighters. xoxo

  • September 15, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    Stay safe bud! LOVE YOU!! My brother from NY is working on the Walker fire now!

    • September 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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      Thank you firefighters. God bless you. #firefighters#truesoldiers#prayers

  • September 15, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    Keep up the good work my prayers are with you all hopefully you guys will be able to see your families soon thank you for all the hard work

  • September 15, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    my daughter and her gf are on the crew!

  • September 15, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    God protect the firefighters on Walker and all fires in USA. Give them strength and refresh them. Bring rain Monday. Amen
    22 my heart is with you.

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