Walker Fire 95% contained; winds today pose trouble

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PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. (KOLO) - The Walker Fire burning in the Plumas National Forest is at 54,518 acres. By Monday night, containment grew to 95 percent, up from 42 percent on Saturday morning.

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

With the high increase in containment and the threat of escape mitigated, a large number of fire personnel and equipment have started being released from the incident to return to their home units.

The priority for Monday night is the continued removal of unneeded fire suppression equipment, such as fire hose, water tanks and pumps.

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds have decreased the fire activity. Showers should end Monday evening as the storm passes eastward bringing fog overnight and into Tuesday morning. Another drying period is expected to follow on Tuesday with a chance of rain again on Wednesday.

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.

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

Currently 2,013 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.

The Plumas and Lassen County Sheriff's offices have lifted all evacuation orders for the Walker Fire area.

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Walker Fire Map Sept. 15, 2019.