According to an incident report from Cal Fire, the Walker Fire of Plumas County California has swelled to over 44,300 acres and is still only 10% contained. The primary fuels for the fire are brush, grass, and timber.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and Cal Fire is not handling the firefighting for the blaze. Firefighters started fighting the fire at night on the 4th. Unfortunately, the recent forecast of thunderstorms and gusty winds could spell disaster for firefighting efforts.
Mandatory Evacuation Orders were issued to residents along Hwy 395 from Thunder Mountain Road to Laufman Grade (Old Hwy 59). Communities included in the compulsory evacuation include Milford and Brockman Canyon. There is a re-population plan in place along with check stations along all the primary roads affected by the fire. There is an evacuation center at the Lassen County Fairgrounds (195 Russel Ave. Susanville, CA 96130).
The Walker fire has also caused road closures for the following roads in the Plumas County area:
- Janesville Grade
- Genesee Valley Road
- Antelope Lake road
- 111 Beckwourth-Genese Road