Walker Fire slowed by cooler weather

Wednesday morning the fire was under a layer of low clouds, but the forecast calls for a return to warmer and drier conditions, with strong winds on Saturday

Walker fire Susanville clouds

Above: The Walker Fire was beneath a layer of clouds at 7:46 Wednesday morning. Two photos stitched together, Dyer Mountain camera, Nevada Seismo Lab.

(Originally published at 8:45 a.m. PDT Sept. 11, 2019)

The growth of the Walker Fire 17 miles south of Susanville, California slowed Tuesday due to cooler weather. The temperature reached a high of only 54 degrees while it plummeted to 38 degrees by 6:15 Wednesday morning at the Pierce weather station 5 miles north of the fire. The relative humidity after midnight was in the 80s, which can slow fire behavior, giving firefighters a chance to gain more containment.

As you can see in the photo above, the fire was under a layer of clouds at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday. Two new cameras at Dyer Mountain occasionally are pointed southeast toward the fire.

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Much of the growth of the fire Tuesday was on the east and south portions, with the largest area of activity being around Papoose Peak. The perimeter grew by 981 acres to bring the total up to 48,321 acres

Take a flyover tour of the Walker Fire

The weather forecast for the fire area calls for a return to warmer and drier  conditions, with strong winds on Saturday. No rain is in the forecast until Monday, September 16.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “Walker Fire slowed by cooler weather”

  1. Keep the Walker Fire upfront, my son is working it. As a dad who spent over 40 years as a VFF and started in the NJ Forest Service I need to keep abreast of the fire.
    A proud and concerned dad.
    Hope I taught him well.


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