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Walker Fire, California's biggest in 2019, grows to 47,340 acres in Plumas County

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America   There were 1,284 people assigned

Plumas County’s Walker Fire has grown to 47,340 acres and has reached 20 percent containment as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Topics: Walker Fire California Plumas

According to a press release issued Tuesday by the U.S. Forest Service said there were 1,284 people assigned to the fire from various agencies.

Firefighters spent Monday night working at the northeastern containment line putting out hot spots during the evening’s cooler weather. Additionally, containment lines were created southwest and southern edges of the fire.

The release said Tuesday held a chance of stormy weather in the area, possibly creating showers and windy conditions.

On Monday, evacuation orders were replaced with warnings near Highway 395 between Thunder Mountain Road and Laufman grade, Milford and Brockman Canyon. Antelope Lake up to the Plumas County line, Ward Creek and the Genesee Valley Road corridor are still under mandatory evacuation orders, the release said.

Janesville Grade, Genesee Valley Road at the Flournoy Bridge, Antelope Lake Road and the 111 Beckwourth-Genesee Road remain closed, the release said.

In Tehama County, the Red Bank Fire continues to burn, though containment has risen to 55 percent.

Cal Fire’s Incident sheet said the fire is estimated at 8,838 acres and has been active since Thursday.

There are 2,193 people working on the fire utilizing 24 helicopters, 192 engines, 34 bulldozers and 40 water trucks.

Two structures have been destroyed and the cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike.

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