Walker Fire 67% contained; winds today pose trouble

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PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. (KOLO) - The Walker Fire burning in the Plumas National Forest is at 53,186 acres. By Sunday morning, containment grew to 67 percent, up from 42 percent on Saturday morning.

The Walker Fire in Plumas County. US Forest Service photo.

Winds are expected to reach 40 mph on Sunday and humidity will be low. Fire crews will remain vigilant to keep the fire from spreading outside fire lines.

The forecast calls for rain on Monday which fire crews expect will help greatly with the fire.

Fire crews are working Friday and Saturday to keep the Walker Fire in check as they face hotter temperatures, less humidity and higher winds this weekend. Winds could reach 40 mph on Sunday. Containment efforts include removing fuel between the edge of the fire and the containment lines they have cut. Crews are using backfires and mopping up around the perimeter.

On Wednesday much of the activity focused on strengthening lines to control the fire. That included mopping up hot spots inside the burn area and burning out pockets of fuel. The weather reduced fire activity.

Fire activity on Tuesday was minimal because of rain over the majority of the burn area. Fire crews seized the opportunity to strengthen the existing fireline and construct a new line closer to the fire’s edge, increasing the percentage of containment.

The fire started around midnight Wednesday, September 4, 2019 east of Genesee at Indian Creek and Beckwourth-Genesee Road.

Currently 1,770 personnel are assigned to the fire.

No structures have been lost, the Forest Service reported.

The fire impacted air quality in the Truckee Meadows.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Walker Fire Map Sept. 15, 2019.